About the Festival

Since 2013, the Somerville Toy Camera Festival has celebrated the quirky and creative results that can happen when photographers are forced to loosen their controls, submit to the light and embrace the accidental. Each year since, the Festival has brought a wide range of toy camera photography by US and international artists together in simultaneous shows at galleries throughout the city, and featured related programming including artist talks/panel discussions, workshops, social events, and a darkroom day.

 The seventh annual Somerville Toy Camera Festival takes place in September, 2019.

About Somerville
Somerville, MA, the hippest city of squares going, is second only to NYC in number of artists-per-capita, and our culture-loving residents – alongside those from Cambridge, Boston, and other neighboring/nearby cities and towns – count on us for an important part of a balanced arts diet. The many exhibition and performance venues, artists' studios/co-ops, and maker spaces crammed into our 4.2 square miles can't contain all our creative energy – we regularly bust out into the streets with a range of arts-focused festivals and "quirky" events. And it’s not just the artists who embrace the arts; turning obsolete pay phone boxes all over the city into public art installations was our mayor's idea. With all this, and a thriving photography scene too (with several film labs to choose from within 5 miles), Somerville is a great place to live and work, and a great place to have your photos exhibited!




Somerville Toy Camera Fest in the Press

Boston Hassle: WENT THERE: Somerville Toy Camera Festival 2018
What Will You Remember?: "Curator's Viewpoint: Jennifer Shaw"
The Somerville Times: "Somerville Toy Camera Festival lends photos new focus"
What Will You Remember?: "Somerville Toy Camera Festival!"
WBUR The Artery: "Somerville's Toy Camera Festival Is More Than Just Child’s Play"
MetroWest Daily News: "Somerville Toy Camera Fest features fantabulous photos" (Also ran in the Taunton Daily Gazette, The Patriot Ledger, and WIcked Local Wellesley)
Providence Journal: Massachusetts’ Toy Camera Festival puts photos in a different light"
Wicked Local Somerville: Photos: Sixth Annual Somerville Toy Camera Festival
Associated Press: Lo-Fi Photography Is Taking Over Somerville This Month" - Appeared in many US outlets including:
US News & World Report
Chicago Tribune
New York Daily News
San Francisco Chronicle
New Have Register
SF Gate
The Houston Chronicle 7 News Boston
...and many local news outlets in smaller markets across the US

SomArts (Somerville Community Access Television) - STCF co-organizer Lee Kilpatrick and STCF2018 exhibiting artist Dennis Stein discuss the Festival! (STCF segment begins at the 15:51 mark)

Wicked Local Somerville: Sixth Annual Somerville Toy Camera Festival Set to Kick Off

Past Years' Festival Media Coverage:

What Will You Remember? "Best Photo Picks for September 2017"

The Evolving Critic: From Diana to Pinhole Cameras as the Somerville Toy Camera Festival
What Will You Remember?: Pick One, Any One
Cambridge Day: Weekend Pick for Sept 9-11 2016

Somerville Times: Somerville Toy Camera Festival Clicks on at the Nave Gallery Annex
What Will You Remember? (Elin Spring): Adults with Toys
Boston Metro: Old-School Effects at Somerville Photo Fest (page 4)
PDExposures Plastic Imagery Podcast (interview with STCF organizing committee members Susan and Bonnie)

Artscope: Somerville Toy Camera Festival
BDC Wire: Toying with Creativity at the Somerville Toy Camera Festival
Boston Globe: Lifestyle "Names" Column | Metro North Best Bets | Boston-Area To-Do List Pick of the Day (6/3/14)
Boston Magazine: Eight Must-See Arts & Entertainment Events in June (2014)
Somerville Times: Second Annual Somerville Toy Camera Festival

Big, Red, & Shiny: "Not Playing Around: The Somerville Toy Camera Festival"