“I’ve been using my Holga 120 GCFN for over 3 years now. It has rubber bands around it and scraps of cardboard stuffed inside, and I love it. Why? Because it came along and made me think differently. Its limits were my challenges. Its flaws were my surprises.” -Anonymous
Holga is an inexpensive, medium format, plastic toy camera. First designed by T. M.Lee in 1982, it was originally designed to “sell to the masses” in China. Due to its budget construction, Holga became best known for it’s vignetting, blurring, light leaks, and other artistic idiosyncracies. After Holga began distribution in the West, photographers took to utilizing it for its surrealistic and impressionistic effect. It became a useful tool in showcasing emotion within the photo-journalistic world. Eventually, Holga photography began winning awards in art and news photography. For example, a Holga photograph, taken by David Burnett, of former vice-president Al Gore took top prize in the 2001 White House News Photographers’ Association.
As you can see they come in a variety of colors and have a wide range of specialties.
The Holga 120WPC Wide Angle pinhole camera- is exactly that, a wide angle pinhole camera! The negative this camera produces is an astounding 6×12 (the normal holga 120N size is 6×6). This camera has a cable release thread for attaching a shutter release cable and the cable release screw also acts as a shutter release button when pressed, allowing you to take shorter exposures. It also contains a useful exposure guide on the back as well as a spirit level.
The Twin Lens Reflex Holga- captures images with a multiple exposure effect. It comes equipped with 2 lenses, pop-up waist-level viewfinder, built-in flash, a lead shutter speed of 1/100 seconds, and an adjustable focus. Overall, it allows more range when playing with light.
Holga 120-3D Stereo camera– takes Holga photography to an all new level of 3D! Simply load up your stereo camera with slide film, take some snaps, develop, mount onto the slide mounts and view within a 3d viewer. This camera also has color flashes built in and a cable release thread instead of a shutter switch. With this camera, one also needs to purchase the 3d viewer separately. The viewer is similar to the old fashion “viewfinder.”
All in all, I’d have to agree with Mr. Liad Cohan, when he stated in an interview,
“my mind works like a plastic lens,” which is why this relationship is so symbiotic for me. I love photography but at times, I get a little tired of staring at my computer; trying to keep up with the digital age.”