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Museum Challenges Local Photographers

For Release: July 2008

The Akron Art Museum is challenging local residents to take photographs of how they see Northeast Ohio. The catch is that all photographs must be taken using nothing but a plastic toy camera; a Lomo camera.

These lo-fi, plastic cameras, such as the Diana and Holga, have the ability to make even the most amateur photographer create stunning photographs by allowing anyone to “shoot from the hip” and create fun, breathtaking and experimental images.

Participants can submit a maximum of three photographs in any of five categories, each inspired by some of the twentieth century’s greatest landmark photographers:

• Freaks and Geeks inspired by Diane Arbus
• Self-Portraiture inspired by Cindy Sherman
• Landscape inspired by Ansel Adams
• Life on the Street inspired by Weegee
• People and Pop Culture inspired by Warhol

All entries are due by September 30, 2008, selected works will be on view in the Akron Art Museum’s Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery October 18, 2008 through January 11, 2009.

Lomo cameras are available from a wide variety of retailers, many online shops as well as local stores including the Akron Art Museum store. For more information and exhibition guidelines please call 330.376.9186, x230, visit the museum’s website at or email

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Dominic Caruso
Design, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Phone: 330.376.9186 x229

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