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Lomography explained

12 September, 2003 11:57 PM

After posting on my lomo camera purchase I was asked to explain Lomography a little more. Whilst I have been aware of it and reading up a bit on it for the last year or so I am no expert, but here is what I've found and what I like about it. (Basically if you want to know more from the experts, the lomography website has all the info you'll need - most of what I'm writing here has been gathered from this site.)

As far as I can gather, lomography is a movement which started back in 1982 with the development of the Lomo LC-A compact camera in Russia. It was developed as a cheap but reliable camera that all Russians could afford. Millions were sold throughout communist countries in the 80's but its popularity began to wane with the introduction of cheaper Asian produced cameras.

In 1991 a group of students from Vienna bought a couple of LC-A's while on holiday for fun and were surprised with the results of the little camera. A movement was born as the word spread about the camera and the unique pictures it produced. Over the 90's the Lomographic Society was born and Lomo Embassies began to spring up around the world.

Exhibitions, galleries and tours began to happen and a website was developed. In 1997 the first Lomographic World Conference took place in Madrid and in the late 90s the Actionsampler was released, a camera that shot four images on the one photograph - shortly after was the first action sampler world championship in NYC. Other cameras have been released since.

So what is lomography? I guess you'd get as many answers to that as there are lomographers. To me it seems to be about going back to basics photographically, shooting lots of pictures, forgetting all the traditional rules of composition and having alot of fun. I guess the 10 'RULES' of lomography try to sum it all up. In short they are...

1. take your camera everywhere you go
2. use it any time - day and night
3. lomography is not an interference to your life but a part of it
4. shoot from the hip
5. approach the objects of your lomographic desire as close as possible
6. don't think
7. be fast
8. you don't have to know before hand what you captured on film
9. afterwards either
10. don't worry about any rules

Lastly, the thing I most love about it all is the amazing photographs that I've seen come out of these little cameras. Vivid colors, amazing composition, surprising subject matter - all from the every day experience of those using lomos around the world.



Is it digital or does it use film?

Lisa » 13 September, 2003 2:09 AM

thanks, darren :) I did take a look at their websight... it's quite extensive! I was impressed.

meg » 13 September, 2003 6:51 AM

C'mon, post some picture for us.

Blake » 16 September, 2003 9:26 AM

is film - 35mm

I can't post anything yet cause I dont have a scanner here in London....plus I havnt put my first film in for processing yet, will do this afternoon.

Darren » 16 September, 2003 8:50 PM

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