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Krappy Kamera

18th Annual Members’ Krappy Kamera Exhibition
Ed Barnas
T. Lawrence Wheatman

Long before the Krappy Kamera Competition became national, let alone international, the members of the Soho Photo Gallery held an annual exhibit of members’ photos taken with less than optimal gear. The 18th annual member exhibit of about twenty images hangs in the hallway leading to the main gallery space where four dozen of the best of the 13th annual competition are also on display.

The criteria for what is “krappy” in the member exhibit are a bit looser. For example, low-rez cell phone images were allowed. I found several of these cell phone images quite intriguing: Lois Youmans’ Motorola Razr peppermill; Larry Davis’ iPhone “Come here often”; and Richard Zalk’s Droid untitled image of two bathrobes hung on a door. The first two of these are present in a small format but the third is nicely enlarged.

There were several classic images among the members’ work. One of the Ponte Vecchio by Sandra Carrion sticks in my mind in its classic symmetry. Of the less traditional representations, I really liked Susan Kroeter’s off-kilter LOMO triptych “Water/Sky”, but Jeff Smith’s three-dimensional graveyard of “Angels Among Us” did not move me.

 by unidentified photographer.
Leslie Bellsey, “Bus Stop - Central Park”


18th Annual Members’ Krappy Kamera Exhibition


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