There's so much more beyond the exhibitions!


While we finalize our 2016 Festival programming, read all about past Somerville Toy Camera Festival Events:


2015 Festival Events

Workshop: Street Shooting with Toy Cameras

Photographer, educator, and 3-time Somerville Toy Camera Festival exhibiting artist Bill Franson led this hands-on roving workshop on the streets of Somerville.

STCF Artists' Panel Discussion

Somerville Toy Camera Festival exhibiting artists Mary Kocol, Francine Weiss, Tonee Harbert, and Silke Hase joined us to discuss their work, their interest in toy/lo-fi film photography, and more. Part artists' talk, part panel discussion, this event offered a great opportunity to hear from four artists with different backgrounds and approaches.

Lo-Fi Lounge

A casual evening of lo-fi photo love! Washington Street Gallery opened up for the evening to provide a venue for like-minded photographers to meet, share stories, compare notes or get answers about cameras, mods, processing and printing, inspirations, books, shooting locations, and anything else. We even had a disco ball.

STCF Darkroom Day at LaPete Labs

Bill LaPete, expert printer and owner of pro lab and rental darkroom LaPete Labs, offered instruction, guidance, and advice to participants who came to this half-or-full day event to process their b&w film and make prints in the darkroom.

2014 Festival events

Workshop: The Ins & Outs of Holgas and Toy Cameras

Michelle Bates led a two-hour workshop all about toy cameras, including an advanced tour of the Holga's operation, plus hacks and modifications to expand range. Michelle also showed some of her personal collection of toy cameras, and talked about the history of the genre and what's out there now.

Panel Discussion: "One Word: Plastics!" Making Art with Toy Cameras

In this lively discussion, artists Bill Franson, James Rohan, Meg Birnbaum, and Elizabeth Ellenwood talked about the appeal of working with inexpensive plastic cameras and lenses, how they decide to use toy cameras for particular projects, the pleasures and perils of limited exposure controls, and much more.