Since 2013, the Somerville Toy Camera Festival has celebrated the quirky and creative results that can happen when photographers are forced to loosen their controls, submit to the light and embrace the accidental. Each year since, the Festival has brought a wide range of toy camera photography by US and international artists together in simultaneous shows at galleries throughout the city, and featured related programming including artist talks/panel discussions, workshops, social events, and a darkroom day.
The sixth annual STCF will run from Sept. 6 to Oct. 13, with work displayed at Brickbottom Gallery, Nave Gallery and Washington Street Art Gallery, making it among the largest toy camera festivals in the world. Showcasing the lo-fi artwork of local, national and international photographers, STCF highlights the talents and creativity of artists who use low-tech tools to create high-art images.
Each year since, the festival jurors have selected works from a wide range of toy camera photographers, both national and international, who will exhibit their work in simultaneous gallery shows throughout Somerville. STCF also features related programming, including artist talks, panel discussions, workshops, social events and a darkroom day.
This year’s STCF has been juried by fine art photographer Jennifer Shaw. The exhibit “Space In Between,” held at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, will specifically showcase Shaw’s work. “Space In Between” will coincide with the festival’s time-frame, running from Sept. 11 to Oct. 5.
The Photographic Resource Center in Cambridge will also be taking part in highlighting STCF, hosting several related events during the festival’s run.
Details for each participating gallery are as follows:
Brickbottom Gallery, 1 Fitchburg St., Somerville
STCF: Featuring 31 artists, totaling 53 images on display.
STCF Brickbottom opening reception will take place Saturday, Sept. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m.
STCF Brickbottom exhibition dates are Sept. 6 to Oct. 13. Regular gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
Nave Gallery, 155 Powderhouse Blvd., Somerville
STCF: Featuring 24 artists, totaling 49 images on display.
STCF Nave opening reception will take place Sunday, Sept. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m.
STCF Nave exhibition dates are Sept. 8-30. Regular gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Washington Street Art Gallery, 321 Washington St., Somerville
STCF: Featuring 15 artists, totaling 25 images on display.
STCF Washington Street opening reception will take place Saturday, Sept. 8, from 7 to 9 pm.
STCF Washington Street exhibition dates are Sept. 8-30. Regular gallery hours are Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
Griffin Museum of Photography, 67 Shore Road, Winchester
“The Space Between” gallery talk with fine art photographer Jennifer Shaw will take place Sunday, Sept. 16, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., followed by opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
“The Space Between” exhibition dates are Sept. 11 to Oct. 5. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.