* When: Opening Reception, March 1, 6-8pm; Exhibition Dates: March 1-April 23, 2017
* What: RayKo's 10th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show
* Who: Features the work of over 90 different photographers from around the world
* Where: RayKo Photo Center, 428 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
RayKo Photography Exhibition
Features the best images from the worst cameras
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 1st, 6-8pm
Exhibition dates: March 1 – April 23, 2017
RayKo’s 10th Annual Plastic Camera Show is opening on March 1st from 6-8pm! China may have announced that they’ve stopped making the Holga (a plastic medium format camera with limited controls, a fixed focal length, and a unique and often crappy plastic lens), but artists are still churning out images from this toy camera and many others like the Diana, the Bluebird, the Brownie Hawkeye, the Ansco Pix Panorama, the Sprocket Rocket, the Lomo Super Sampler, the Agfa Isoly and many others you’ve never heard of. Along with the 83 international artists juried into this competition (just 89 pictures selected out of 5000 entries), we will also exhibit photographs by the featured artists from our past 9 years of fantastic plastic camera shows: Veronika Lukasova, Aline Smithson, Michael Emery, Roy Berkowitz, Michael Borek, Thomas Alleman, Robert Holmgren, Sam Grant, Michelle Bates, James Rohan, Ernie Button, Jennifer Shaw and Gordon Stettinius. It's a landmark show, so we're thrilled to show some history in what could be the last exhibition ever at RayKo. After 26 years in business, the owner of RayKo Photo Center is moving on, so this show will be the last at the RayKo we know and love. Who knows what is going to happen next, so celebrate these artists and all this film photography this spring!
Film isn’t dead even if things are changing, so rejoice and come down to RayKo on the night of March 1st to experience the magic with the rest of us fans of the latent image. Since it’s the last official opening, many of the other artists will be in attendance so come raise your glass to them!
RayKo Photo Center & Gallery is a comprehensive photographic facility, located near the Yerba Buena Arts District, with resources for anyone with a passion for photography. Established in 1991, RayKo Photo Center has grown to become one of San Francisco’s most beloved photography darkroom spaces; it includes traditional b&w, color and alternative process labs as well as a state-of-the-art digital department, a professional rental studio, galleries, and the Photographer’s Marketplace – a retail space promoting the work of regional artists. RayKo also has San Francisco’s 1st Art*O*Mat vending machine and a vintage 1947 black & white Auto-Photo Booth and a retail store that sells all types of used film cameras, from view cameras to Leicas to a build-your-own Nikon station. Everything you need to make any type of photograph!
RayKo Gallery serves to advance public appreciation of photography and create opportunities for regional, national and international artists to create and present their work. RayKo Gallery offers 1600 square feet of exhibition space and the Photographer’s Marketplace, which encourages the collection of artwork by making it accessible to collectors of all levels. RayKo also has an artist-in-residence program to further support artists in the development of their photographic projects and ideas. Recent resident artist, McNair Evans, and current resident artist, Carlos Javier Ortiz, are both 2016 Guggenheim Fellows.
RayKo Photo Center & Gallery - please note new hours
428 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Tuesday-Thursday: 12:30-9:30 pm, Saturday-Sunday: 10-7 pm, Monday and Friday: closed