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Competition of 'Krappy Kameras' Brings Beautiful Images to TriBeCa

By Irene Plagianos | January 29, 2015 5:31pm
 Soho Photo Gallery's annual exhibit features pictures taken
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TRIBECA — These “krappy” photos are simply beautiful.

More than 40 arresting images, snapped with cheap, and often plastic or disposable, equipment will soon be on display at Soho Photo Gallery’s annual Krappy Kamera exhibit.

The idea behind the cheekily named show is that great photography takes skill and artistry, not necessarily pricey cameras, organizers said.

Many of the pictures in the exhibit are shot with an entirely plastic camera called a Holga that was originally intended to be a toy.

But the cameras, which sell for about $35 and take 120-millimeter film, have developed a following among photographers who like the blurred, surrealist effect they create.

This year, about 140 photographers from across the country and world submitted more than 1,000 images for the exhibition. Only a few dozen were chosen.

Along with Holga cameras and similar plastic ones, the exhibit also features shots from pinhole cameras and disposables — anything that's low-grade.

“I think we have some of the best photos this year,” said show organizer Myra Hafetz. “The photos are outstanding. They each have such different visions."

Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White St., is showing the Krappy Kamera exhibit Wednesdays to Sundays, from 1 to 6 p.m., from Feb. 4-28. The opening night reception is set for Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.