In the 1970s toy cameras assumed a new prominence among art photographers. Nancy Rexroth
took a Diana camera, a camera intended for children, and created photographs that were exhibited and continue to be exhibited in major photography galleries. These cameras produce strange, distorted, poorly focused, exciting photographs. Dianas have been replaced by Holgas and are available from Amazon
for $28. Using a toy camera may not be a viable career path to establish oneself as a fulltime photographer but they sure are fun. Details on the ever expanding Holga community can be seen in a Wikipedia article
on this subject. Recently (2013) Nancy Rexroth has been making some very nice photographs using an iPhone 5 and the app Tintype.
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