Photographer, educator and author Michelle Bates is well-known
for her image-making and teaching about toy plastic cameras, called
the Holga. Her images have been shown around the world, and her
book, "Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity" is the definitive
guide to the subject. She speaks and teaches workshops worldwide,
spreading the inspiration these cameras provide. See more images and
Bates' passion for low-tech photography has driven her to educate others about the joys of film and creativity, and she now lectures on plastic and toy cameras to groups all over the U.S., including the Society for Photographic Education, SF Camerawork, Powell's Books and the Creative Center for Photography. She also teaches at Photographic Center Northwest, Newspace (PDX), Maine Media Workshops, The Julia Dean Photo Workshops and International Center of Photography in New York, among others. Bates is author of Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity, widely recognized as the definitive guide to the world of Holga and Diana cameras and other toys that have helped this exciting creative genre continue to grow.