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Krappy Kamera

Winners of the 13th Annual International Krappy Kamera Competition
Ed Barnas
T.R. Smith, “WTF-OMG”

The annual Krappy Kamera event at Soho Photo Gallery has grown from an annual members-only exhibit to a national and now international competition based on the belief that it is not the camera but the operator that makes a photograph great.

As the definition of a Krappy Kamera can be open to interpretation, this year’s guidelines used the lens as the determining factor. Allowed are the usual plastic Holgas, Dianas, and Ansco cameras as well as pinholes. High-end gear could be used as long as the lens was suitably downgraded; e.g., to a Lensbaby, Holga-type, or pinhole bodycap (on display were entries made with a Holga-ized Nikon D3 and a Diana-ed Canon 5D). Cell phone cameras have gotten too good so they were excluded (as were point-and-shoot and disposable cameras.)

The Jurors for this year’s competition were Phillip S. Block and Steve Rooney, both of ICP, who winnowed down 1500 images from over 200 photographers to the four dozen now exhibited in the main gallery space. T.R. Smith took first place with a black and white Holga street image of two women looking off at some unseen event/catastrophe; Christopher Luhar-Trice placed second with a pinhole view of cypresses; and Andrea Millette took third with a small town façade beside a curving railroad track in muted color (Holga). The rest of the images on display reflect a similar variety of subject matter and shooting styles, with an overwhelming predilection for the square format, black and white prints, abstract patterns and unpopulated spaces. (Next to Smith’s first place entry is another of his images – an abstract play of light from a skylight.)

While a number of images did not move me there were several that stuck: Warren Harold’s black and white portrait of a freckled boy cradling weather balloons in his arms; Petra Davis’ reflected London street scene; Bruce Forbes’ orange exterior staircase; Carol VanErp Mikkelson’s view of Lady Liberty through a ferry window; Randy Jenning’s bird taking off; John Bridge’s café tables; and the mystery in Bill Apple’s falling piano.

 by unidentified photographer.
Catherine Day, ” Ewell's Funeral, Tent”


Winners of the 13th Annual International Krappy Kamera Competition


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