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RSVP for Toying with Creativity: A Workshop by Michelle Bates

Want to reconnect with the simple joys of photography? Join Michelle Bates, author of “Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity,” as she guides you into the wonderful world of the plastic Holga camera. With this very basic device we will explore image-making with a twist!

This two-day workshop will include a slide show of a wide range of toy camera photography, the chance to play with a variety of toy cameras, and comprehensive how-to information about shooting with Holgas and other plastic cameras. Michelle will cover everything from the basics to advanced techniques to camera modifications. Each student will receive a Holga camera and access to Michelle’s library of toy camera publications as well as her broad knowledge of photography.

The weekend will begin with Michelle’s slide show at 11 a.m., Sat. May 17th at The Big Top. This talk is free and open to the public. The workshop begins at 2:00 p.m. and is limited to 35 participants. Sign up now! We will photograph with Michelle on Saturday, have the film processed overnight, and review the results on Sunday. Michelle will critique work and inspire you to get your creative juices flowing!

This workshop has been made possible in part by a generous grant from the American Society of Media Photographers Foundation.

Schedule: Two-day Weekend Workshop-May 17 & 18, 2008.
Sat. 11 a.m.: Free slide show lecture (open to the public)
Sat. 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Toying with Creativity Workshop
Sun 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Review/Critique
Location: The Big Top. 1638 Clio St. NOLA
Cost: $75 for Photo Alliance and ASMP members. $100 for non-members. Cost includes a Holga, one roll of film and processing, and a signed copy of Michelle’s book, “Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity.” (Participants will be responsible for the costs of any additional film and processing)

Enrollment is limited to 35 participants. To register please email Fee is payable by check, money order or by PayPal sent to Make sure to add “Toying with Creativity” as the subject line. Send check or money order to:
New Orleans Photo Alliance
1111 St. Mary Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Michelle Bates has been shooting with Holgas since 1991. She teaches and lectures around the country, including at the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, Academy of Art in San Francisco, and the International Center of Photography in New York. Her images have been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions internationally and published in several magazines and books and on many websites. She is the author of “Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity,” the first comprehensive guide to the plastic camera genre, published by Focal Press.