Workshop – Through a Plastic Lens: Explore the Magic of Holga Photography

Date(s) - 10/13/2023 - 10/22/2023
Time(s) - 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

The Lovett School

Through a Plastic Lens: Explore the Magic of Holga Photography

The Holga camera, with its minimalistic design and unique quirks, has captured the hearts of photographers worldwide. A plastic camera with just one shutter speed and two light settings, “sunny” and “not sunny,” the Holga challenges conventional photographic norms. But it’s precisely these limitations that make the Holga so special. Its little plastic lens creates dreamy and ethereal images that captivate both photographers and viewers alike.

Lead by Karey Walter, one of Atlanta’s foremost analog photographers and educators, this workshop offers hands-on experience with the Holga camera, the funky plastic marvel that played a pivotal role in shaping the renowned square format and filters of Instagram. By participating in this workshop, you’ll not only delve into the art of Holga photography but also gain insight into its influential impact on modern visual culture.

During the first session you will receive your own Holga camera and two rolls of film. You’ll also learn how to load film, and how to embrace the Holga’s quirks to compose captivating imagery. You will then have a week with your camera to create your own unique images. In the second and third sessions Karey will guide you through developing film, scanning negatives, and transforming them into digital prints. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer curious about the Holga’s unique charm or a beginner looking to try something new, this workshop is designed for anyone seeking to broaden their creative horizons.

No prior film photography experience or equipment is necessary – just bring your enthusiasm and a willingness to see the world through a different lens. The workshop, sponsored by Freestyle Photo and Supplies, will provide participants with a Holga camera of their own, two rolls of Ilford Delta 400 film, all necessary processing materials, and paper for digital printing.

Join us at The Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia, and explore the magic of Holga photography. Discover the allure of simplicity, learn to embrace imperfections, and create stunning images that will leave a lasting impression.

Please note that space is limited, so secure your spot now to ensure your participation.

Instructor’s Bio

Karey Walter is a fine art photographer whose work resonates with images that depict a peaceful coexistence between humans and nature. Her photographs vary from traditional black & white photography, historical photographic processes, classic color film, and digital photography documenting people and the landscapes from across the United States, Mexico, South America, and Europe.

Her photographs are on display throughout the United States, Mexico, Italy, and France. In addition to creating photography, she has taught a variety of different workshops. Savannah College of Art & Design, The Rocky Mountain School of Photography, Spoleto Study Abroad, The Pozos Art Project, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, MediaNOLA, The Global Online Academy, The Society of Photo Educators, Art and Science in the Ecuadorian Rain Forest, Clemson University, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and The High Museum of Art. She has curated unique exhibitions working with The Library of Congress, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, and the Tubman Museum. Published photographs are in Shots Magazine, Square Magazine, Focal Plan Magazine, Don’t Take Pictures Magazine, and a book called Inspired Georgia.

Karey Walter has a Masters of Fine Art in Photography from The University of Utah and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art Photography and Painting from Western Carolina University.

She was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, where she directs the photography department at The Lovett School.



This workshop is made possible by sponsorship from Freestyle Photo & Imaging Supply

Freestyle has been family owned and operated for over 75 years. We specialize in our vast selection of 35mm, 120 and medium and large format film and carry every major well known analog photography brand such as Kodak, Ilford, Fuji, Arista, Foma, Kentmere, Orwo, Rollei, Adox, Lomo, Cinestill and Holga. We have a large selection of well-known digital brands like Canon, Epson, Canson Infinity, Hahnemühle, Moab, Museo, Arista-II and Pictorico. We are committed to supporting all photographers from beginning students to seasoned professionals.

Freestyle believes in the future of analog film photography and darkroom as well as creative digital image making.

Through a Plastic Lens: Explore the Magic of Holga Photography

Instructor’s Name – Karey Walter
Date(s) – October 13, 21 & 22, 2023
Time(s) – Friday, October 13 – 7-8:30pm ET
Saturday, October 21 – 10-3:30 ET
Sunday, October, 22 – 10-3:30 ET
Location – Lovett School
Workshop Fee – $525 Members / $500 Senior Members* / $655 Non-Members
Minimum Enrollment – 4
Maximum Enrollment – 12

*65 and over

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