When a New York Times reporter asked Albert Einstein to comment upon one of his books, Einstein replied, “What I have to say about this book can be found inside the book.” Unlike erudite texts aimed at academics, or handbooks that bombard the senses with visuals, Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity has as foundation the spirited voice of its author, photographer and plastic-camera evangelist, Michelle Bates. As for this New York-born, Seattle resident's unquenchable enthusiasm while leading the tour of the low-tech world—if at times it seems over the top, this can be forgiven. View it as a concession to the energy that drives her—that of the importance of play as a vital ingredient of both culture and creativity.

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