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Jim Rohan

I am a late arrival to my own photography. I spent thirty-five years in the commercial photographic industry as a studio photographer and photo lab co-owner. To this end, my time was devoted to making images for others. But in the past five years, in the semi-retired commercial photographic life that I now lead, I have rediscovered my own photography through the use of plastic cameras. Why plastic cameras? Well, it's pretty much the antithesis of everything that I did in the commercial photographic world for all those years. I think of using plastic cameras as sort of a therapy, a cure for the super sharp, detailed color images that dominated my professional past. The commercial imagery has now been replaced for the most part by blurry black and white images. These images are evocative of memories and dreams for me and allow me to create my own personal photographic past that I missed for the last few decades. I find that plastic optics, rather than super sharp modern lenses, are wonderful tools for recording places as memories. As I get older and have less of a future and much more of a past, I'm storing up these half-remembered moments quickly these days, making up for lots of lost time.

I am a fine art photographer who grew up and currently live in the Boston area. I received a BA from Boston College in Communications and Political Science. I did my graduate work at Penn State University in Journalism. Many years later, I discovered that this sort of education has very little to do with making pictures with a Holga camera.

All images ©2015 Jim Rohan
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Selected Shows:
•2009.
Holga Show 3.0, Photomedia Center, Erie, PA•
Plastic Camera Works 2, Rebus Works Gallery, Raleigh, NC•
12th Annual Krappy Kamera, Soho Photo Gallery, NYC, NY

•2010.
3rd Annual Juried Plastic Camera Show, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA•
Plastic Fantastic Show, Lightbox Photo Gallery, Astoria, OR•
The Holga Show, SAANS Downtown Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT•
Toyed With, Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, CO

•2011
Holga Out of the Box, TCC Gallery, Longview, TX•
4th Annual Juried Plastic Camera Show, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA•
Plastic + Film, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA•
Plastic Fantastic II, Lightbox Photo Gallery, Astoria, OR•
Fells Art Show, Beebe Estate Gallery, Melrose, MA•
Photo + Craft, Lightbox Photo Gallery, Astoria, OR•
Toyed With, Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, CO•
No Tech/Low Tech, Vermont Center of Photography, Bratleboro, VT

•2012
5th Annual Juried Plastic Camera Show, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA•
Plastic Fantastic III Show, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR•
Among Trees, Dark Room Gallery, Essex Junction, VT•
Toyed With, Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, CO•
Celebration of the Fells Show, Beebe Estate Gallery, Melrose, MA•
2nd Annual Holga Out of the Box, TCC Gallery, Longview, TX

•2013
Methods (Alternative), The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA•
The Magic of Light, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT•
Krappy Kamera XV International Juried Competition, Soho Photo Gallery, NYC, NY•
6th Annual Juried Plastic Camera Show, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA•
Emergence, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR•
Mysterious Visions, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT•
Plastic Fantastic IV, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR•
Photocentric, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY•
Curiouser and Curiouser: Photographic Dreams and Fictions, Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, VT•
3rd Annual Holga Out of the Box, TCC Gallery, Longview, TX•
Luminous Light, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR•
Winter Solstice Show, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA•

•2014
Krappy Kamera XVI, Soho Photo Gallery, NYC, NY•
Featured artist, 7th Annual Juried Plastic Camera Show, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA•
More Trees, A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX•
Visual Narrative, MPLS Photo Center, Minneapolis, MN•
The Art of Handmade and Alternative Photography, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT•
Somerville Toy Camera Festival, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA•
Wide Awake in Dreamsville (solo show), The Gallery at Still River Editions, Danbury, CT•
Plastic Fantastic V, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR•
4th Annual Holga Out of the Box, TCC Gallery, Longview, TX•
Critters, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX

•2015
Krappy Kamera XVII, Soho Photo Gallery, NY, NY•

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