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. Now she teaches about toy plastic cameras and has even written a book about it!
Photographer, educator and author Michelle Bates is well-known for her love for toy plastic cameras. Her images have been shown around the world and her book, “Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity” is a good guide to the world of Holga and Diana cameras and other toys that have helped this exciting creative genre continue to grow.
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.