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About Michelle Bates
Michelle has been a passionate photographer since she was young, and learned her way around a camera in 1991 at the Maine Photographic Workshops, where she first discovered the Holga. Since then, Michelle has shown work in solo exhibitions in the Pacific Northwest, New York, Los Angeles and Israel, and in group shows around the US, Italy, Germany & Thailand. She has photographed for weekly newspapers, album covers, performers, artists, and many others. Michelle loves teaching, and has given lectures on plastic and toy cameras to groups all over the US, including the Society for Photographic Education, SF Camerawork, Powell's Books, and the Creative Center for Photography. She has taught at many photo schools & centers, including Photographic Center Northwest, Newspace (PDX), Maine Media Workshops, the Julia Dean Workshops (LA) and International Center of Photography in New York, among others. Her book,"Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity" was published in late 2006 by Focal Press and the second edition in October 2010. Michelle is a member of Freestyle Photographic Supply's Advisory Board of Photographic Professionals. See her blog for the latest!

Michelle lives in Seattle, and also frequents Vashon Island, Bellingham, Portland (OR), San Francisco and New York. She loves to road trip and fly away with her Holgas whenever possible.



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•   Ignite Seattle talk: "Toying with Creativity: The Joys & Frustrations of Plastic Cameras" - 5 min video
•   NY Public Library Camera Crazy Panel : Michelle & 6 others talking about low-tech cameras. Nov 19, 2014. 1.25hr
•   Somerville Toy Camera Festival in Boston Globe : Michelle's photo & mention
•   CreativeLIVE 90-min class: Available for purchase to watch online anytime
•   Lomographic Society: Feature article in Lomographic Society's online magazine, 6/26/12
•   TEDxRainier talk: Seattle, Nov 2011, 6 minutes
•   Fotoritim: - feature with photos & interview in Turkish online photo mag
•   "Taming the Badly Behaved Camera: Michelle Bates and the Holga": in SPE's national journal, "exposure"
•   "Plastic Fantastic" in American Photo mag: Mar/Apr 2011 issue, featuring excerpts & 12 photographs from my book
•   *Photographer of the Month on Holgablog.com - March 2011: Interview and 12 photos, some not seen before!
•   *Interview for 800 ISO, a photo blog from Spain: English version linked, Spanish translation on the blog
•   Northwest Territory: Women in Photography panel: 9 women photographers discuss our careers at SPE NW 2010
•   Film Photography Podcast, October 2010: Several interviews from PhotoPlus Expo in New York, including me
•   *Inside Analog Photo interview: 1/2 hour chat with Scott Sheppard about all things Holga and plastic camera! August 2010
•   Photo Media Magazine feature portfolio: See the spread with 6 of my photos & article in the Spring 2010 issue!
•   Just one word: plastics. Photographer captivated by simple Holga: Arizona Daily Star feature article about me
•   Toy Cameras for Serious Photographers: Article plus two short videos of me chatting about toy cameras
•   Video of talk at B&H Photo, New York: a 40-minute section of a two-hour talk in January, 2009
•   Book Review and Interview on the Four Corners Dark blog: Text Q&A with Nic Nichols
•   *Radio Interview on KUOW's Sound Focus: 9 minute interview about Holgas, art and community
•   Michelle on YouTube: Watch 2 minutes of Michelle talking about toys at the SPE conference, for Calumet Photographic
•   *Feature article, images and interview on Lensculture.com: Check out 24 images and a 20-min audio interview!
•   The Holga Queen on Photo Talk Radio: Listen online to the July 7th, 2007 guest appearance (segment 3)
•   Film Magic in The Missoulian: Missoula, Montana discovers Holga Magic
•   Toying Around: Michelle Bates Elevates a Humble Camera: Feature on Jew-ish.com
•   Toy Joy: A Pro's Love Affair with Plastic Cameras: Feature article on Imaging Info.com
•   Holga Fever Strikes Photographer: Article from "Alternate View"



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