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Live Updates from the SF Diana World Tour Launch Party: Part 1

Welcome to the Diana World Tour! The red carpet is out at our San Francisco Gallery Store and local Lomographers have come from all around the Bay to help us celebrate.

We’ve got music courtesy of DJ Primo, a man whose music dominates the dance floors in the Mission and Tenderloin districts. His signature blend of Motown, oldies and slow jams is a perfect match for tonight’s festivities.

The big draw is, of course, the famous Detrich Collection of original Diana cameras and clones from the 60’s and 70’s. Some of our regulars even own a few of these clones themselves!

Aside from the original Diana cameras, the gallery space is also housing our local artists’ custom versions of the Diana F+ cameras! There are some fantastically imaginative pieces in all shapes, sizes and colors. While some opted to add to and enhance the camera’s plastic body, a few decided to deconstruct and destroy instead. Each piece is unique and brilliant, to be sure.

A bit about the contributing artists:
Walter Green is a designer and illustrator for McSweeny’s Publishing House, co-art director for food magazine Lucky Peach and does chart design for Believer Magazine.
http://waltergreens.com

_Nick Beery has a way of making a visual impact; He is the founder Beery Method, a full-service marketing development company located in Seattle. _
http://beerymethod.com

Grant Gilliland (aka The Gross Uncle) is a cartoonist and children’s book illustrator based in San Francisco.
http://www.thegrossuncle.com

Amy Ng, also known as mrdeadfish, is an animator/video editor by day at Zendesk and a crafter at night.
http://mrdeadfish.com

Emily Chang is a designer and co-founder of both Ideacodes and Artcodes. She was nominated for the 2009 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards for excellence in interaction design.
http://ideacodes.com

Max Kiesler is an artist and designer and co-founder of Ideacodes and Artcodes, along with Emily Chang He has an MFA in sculpture and a background in anthropology.
http://artcodes.com

Benjamin Ayers is a recent transplant from New York. As a sculptor and painter, he has work in galleries across New York City.
http://benjaminayers.com

Kelly Malone is founder and director of Workshop SF and Indie Mart, and has quintessential style perfect for quirky San Francisco design.
http://www.workshopsf.org

We knew we needed Damian King’s illustration and graphic design skills on our very own Diana after seeing his unique pieces around San Francisco (and globally).
http://www.damiankingart.com

Allen Passalaqua is a professional comic color artist and has been commissioned to create artwork for several National Parks, the San Diego Zoo, Grand Canyon, and various Emmy-winning commercials. Allen is known in the comic book world for work on Justice Society of America, Batman Confidential, JLA Classified, Detective Comics and many more.
http://www.angryf.com

The exhibition will be up until June 7th, so you have until then to see them in person. There’s more good stuff coming up, so stay tuned and see what else unfolds in San Francisco this evening.

written by lomographysf

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