FFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Holga Inspire Exhibition in Bangkok
A fine art photography initiative of Holga Limited,
member of the Universal Electronics Industries group.
“Created by the people who created the Holga”
An Exhibition of Holga Photography
Under the auspices of the Photo Imaging Expo 2009, April 1-5, and together with the Universal Electronics Industries group, makers of the Holga, we invite you to view a collection of outstanding images created by acclaimed international photographers who use the Holga camera as their preferred medium of artistic expression. We are delighted to have this opportunity to inspire you with a selection of work by our featured artists Michelle Bates, Tammy Cromer-Campbell, Taiju Fubuki, Teru Kuwayama, Pauline St Denis, Harvey Stein and Rebecca Tolk, all of whom have attained international renown for their highly imaginative work created with Holga cameras, as well as images by Bangkok photographer Poonpat Vadhanasindhu (Don), well known for his creative work with the Holga
This exhibition has been realized with the support of Dr Aran Hansuebsai, Dean of the Department of Imaging and Printing Technology, Chulalongkorn University, Mr Poonpat Vadhanasindhu (Don), and Universal Electronics Industries group companies Holga Limited (Hong Kong) and Medalight Co Ltd (Bangkok), the local distributor of Holga cameras in Thailand.
Holga is a medium format film camera created by T M Lee, cofounder of Universal Electronics, which has been manufacturing it since 1982. The Holga earned worldwide recognition thanks to its unique low fidelity aesthetics. Countless professional photographers, artists and photography enthusiasts around the world have been captivated by the mysterious magic of Holga.
The unpredictability of the signature light leaks captures the imagination, invigorates the senses and eternally surprises. The metamorphosis brought about by the light flares, vignetting and often uneven edges creates imagesof an unmistakable character.
About Holga Inspire
While the Holga has gained immense popularity with young and old devotees of photography worldwide, the Holga Inspire initiative finds its mission in supporting the use of the Holga as a means of unique creative expression by fine art photographers, photography professionals, journalists and academics. Together with the artists we seek to widen the appeal of their work, and inspire new generations of photographers through exhibitions, events and educational programs. Our goal is to revive and cultivate an interest in classic photography and to rekindle a sense of handcrafted creative originality in this ever changing digitalized world. Holga Inspire strives to highlight the extraordinary artistic potential and the immense range of creative possibilities that Holga brings to photography.
“I found my inspiration in photography with a Holga camera in 1991. I created a look that continues to be the centerpiece of my fineart photography to this day. The quirkiness that I embraced as a Holga photographer has informed the rest of my photography. “
Frequently referred to as the “Holga Queen” due to her imaginative applications using a Holga and her expert knowledge, Michelle Bates is an author, educator, and a leading “toy” camera photographer. Her book “Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity” is widely recognized as the most comprehensive book documenting the fascinating and intricate world of toy
Tammy Cromer Campbell
“Her Holga images contain all the original light streaks, lens flares, vignetting and distortions of classic Holga photography….Holga is key to her work.“
Tammy CromerCampbell is an award winning American photographer based in Texas. She is equally well known for her work as a documentary photographer and as a public speaker on environmental issues. In 2006, her first book, “Fruit of the Orchard: Environmental Justice in East Texas”, received first prize at the Green Dot Awards. She serves on the Executive Board of the Texas Photographic Society. Her work is in many public and private collections.
“The camera creates a sense of flow from the center of the image towards the periphery. This is part of the essence of Holga, and something that raises Holga photographs to the level of art”.
Taiju Fubuki is a photographic artist, gallery owner and founder of the Holga Kai (Holga Club), an association of photographers in Japan with more than 2000 members. Starting out as a cameraman discovered the Holga in 1999.
He has had numerous exhibitions, and lectures widely about photography photography at various institutions in Japan. In 2009 he created the title shots for the popular Japanese TV series “Naniwa no Hana” with his Holga.
Pauline St. Denis
“Holga has been my muse and my inspiration for over 20 years. I love the camera because it imposes no limitations in regards to frame or creativity. Unlike many modern cameras the Holga doesn’t think for you. It is a vehicle
for your vision. With some mental muscle you can begin to understand what the Holga offers.”
Pauline St. Denis shoots with color transparency film, but only advances the film partially to create overlapping exposures. Her work captures the ethereal quality of light, movement and time. Her pictures are kinetic, energetic and highly stylized. She demonstrates Holga’s upbeat and energetic capabilities. Pauline St. Denis is a commercial photographer based in New York. She has been shooting photographs for over 20 years for the advertising, fashion, celebrity and fine arts industries.
“I've taken this camera to the far ends of the earth, subjected it to deserts, mountains, and jungles, and it remains the most reliable tool I've worked with. In its absolute simplicity, it has given me a freedom to operate, both physically and psychologically, and it has made me a better photographer.”
Teru Kuwayama is a photojournalist and a humanitarian activist. A native New Yorker, he travels extensively in search of challenging locations. He works frequently in Afghanistan and Pakistan. His dramatic and compelling images are showcased in exhibitions around the world, and in global publications such as Time and Newsweek.
“The simplicity of using the Holga frees me from worrying about manipulating cameras controls and encourages spontaneity and immediacy. The camera makes photographic seeing more direct, without the machine to think about.”
Harvey Stein is a professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, and author based in New York. He frequently lectures on photography both in the US and abroad. His photographs have been widely exhibited in the US and in Europe. His photographs are on display in more than 50 permanent collections including many renowned museums around the globe.
“It is through my photography I find that I am best able to express the respect and fascination I feel for the natural world as the Holga lens enables me to show what I feel when I’m in nature, not just what I see.”
Educated at the University of Delaware and Northern Virginia Community College, Rebecca Tolk creates fine art photography for public and private collectors. Her highly personal work naturally lends itself to Holga, embracing
its lack of technology and irregularities as both beautiful and distinctive.
February 28, 2009
WINNER OF GREEN DOT AWARDS
TAMMY CROMER-CAMPBELL OF UNITED STATES WAS AWARDED FIRST PRIZE IN CATEGORY ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE IN THE GREEN DOT AWARDS™.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
GREEN DOT AWARDS™ ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE COMPETITION.
The jury of the international Green Dot Awards™ (GDA) announce the winners of the 2008 competition. The GDA was established to reward and promote forward-thinking businesses that create environmentally friendly products or services, and to reward revolutionary green proposals. The GDA aims to bridge the gap between truly innovative businesses that practice excellence in environmental responsibility and international consumers and media.
The 2008 winners in the following categories are:
Transportation : Designnobis for Volitan
Design and Build : Larnrod Eireann for Kent Railway Station
Products : The Firewinder Company for Firewinder, Original Windlight
Services : Barkley Court Reporters for Barkley Goes Green
Entertainment and Culture : Tammy Cromer-Campbell for Fruit of the Orchard
Other product/services : Wind Simplicity Inc. for Wind Simplicity Windancer
Concept Category : George Joannou Company, Sweet Sorghum Ethanol and Power
The jury selected winners from thousands of entries from over 25 countries.
Recognizing that human activity is causing dramatic environmental change, we must ensure that we act today to protect tomorrow’s environment. Businesses and organizations have become especially aware of the impact that their practices have on the well-being of the planet and many are acting to adopt more sustainable attitudes. The purpose of Green Dot is to reward those who practice excellence in environmental responsibility.
Although the Green Dot Awards™ are worthy onto themselves, they are also a consumer guide to excellence in environmentally-sustainable practices. A business with a Green Dot Award is a business that can be trusted by consumers with stewardship of the environment. Recognition from the Green Dot Awards allows businesses to promote their products and services as items that are manufactured and delivered in an environmentally friendly manner.
Green Dot Awards™ was Juried by experts in the industry: Kyle D. Brown, Ph.D., Director, John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, California State Polytechnic University - Daniel D. Chiras, Ph.D., Author of The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy, The New Ecological Home, The Solar House, The Natural House, Superbia! 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Neighborhoods, and The Natural Plaster Book - Peo Ekberg, Environmental Consultant for Sustainability and LifestyleCO2 Adviser - Dave Evans, Author of Cool Green Stuff: A Guide to Finding Great Recycled, Sustainable, Renewable Objects You Will Love - Steven Foster, President of the Steven Foster Group and commercial consultant for eco-sustainability - Christine Mason McCaull, Co-founded GoGreen Online, and Go GreenTV - Shelagh McNally, Editor at Green Living Online & Green Living Enterprises
Green Dot Awards was founded by Farmani Group in 2006. Among others, Farmani group has founded many charities, businesses, and organizations including the award-winning VUE magazine, The Lucie Awards (the Oscars of photography), Focus on AIDS, International Photography Awards, Le Prix de la Photographie Paris, Farmani Gallery, aNet Communications, Design Awards and FYIdesign.
About Fruit of the Orchard
In 1982, a toxic waste facility opened in the Piney Woods in Winona, Texas. The residents were told that the company would plant fruit trees on the land left over from its ostensible salt-water injection well. Soon after the plant opened, however, residents started noticing huge orange clouds rising from the facility and an increase in rates of cancer and birth defects in both humans and animals. The company dismissed their concerns, and confusion about what chemicals it accepted made investigations diffi cult. Outraged by what she saw, Phyllis Glazer founded Mothers Organized to Stop Environmental Sins (MOSES) and worked tirelessly to publicize the problems in Winona. The story was featured in People, the Houston Chronicle magazine, and the Dallas Observer. Observer Phyllis Glazer was voted one of the 20 Most Impressive Texans of 1997 by Texas Monthly because of her work in Winona. The plant finally closed in 1998, citing the negative publicity generated by the group.
This book originated in 1994 when Cromer-Campbell was asked by Phyllis Glazer to produce a photograph for a poster about the campaign. She was so touched by the people in the town that she set out to document their stories. Using a plastic Holga camera, she created hauntingly distorted images that are both works of art and testaments to the damage infl icted on the people of a small Texas town by one company’s greed.
In the accompanying essays, Phyllis Glazer describes the history of Winona and the fi ght against the facility, Roy Flukinger discusses Cromer-Campbell’s striking photographic technique, Eugene Hargrove explores issues of environmental justice, and Marvin Legator elaborates on how industry and government discourage victims of chemical exposure from seeking or obtaining relief.
About the Winner:
Tammy Cromer-Campbell is an award winning American photographer best known for her work as a social documentary photographer and speaker. Cromer-Campbell received her Associates of Applied Arts degree in commercial photography from Kilgore College, Kilgore, Texas under the direction of O. Rufus Lovett. She continued her education by taking workshops from the masters in photography, such as Arnold Newman, Ruth Bernhard, Michael Kenna, Keith Carter, John Sexton, and others.
In 2006, the University of North Texas Press published her first book, Fruit of the Orchard / Environmental Justice in East Texas. The book received favorable reviews from the Dallas Morning News, Austin American Statesman, PhotoTechniques Magazine, CHOICE, Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, and others. Fruit of the Orchard received an honorable mention for documentary books in the International PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris. She has received many honors and awards including Blue Earth Alliance’s first ever cash grant, in 1999, for Fruit of the Orchard. Cromer-Campbell’s work has been published in many publications including cover stories for Camera Arts Magazine, Houston Chronicle’s Texas Magazine numerous times, and many others fine publications.
Cromer-Campbell is Vice President Statewide on the Executive Board for the Texas Photographic Society. She served as an Imagemaker presenter at the Society for Photographic Educators National Convention, Denver, Colorado in March of 2008. Her first film, Environmental Justice in the USA was included in the Short Films by Texas Filmmakers organized by Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Brown Auditorium, April 5, 2008. Her work is included in public and private collections internationally such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museet for Fotocunst, Belgium, and others. She photographs from her studio in downtown Longview, Texas and lives with her husband Scott, also a photographer.
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