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BBC: Lomography turns 20

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"The Lomo LC-A was built by the Leningrad Optical Mechanical Association in what is now St Petersburg. Designed by Michail Panfiloff, the camera was based on a Japanese compact called the Cosina CX-2. It was intended to be handed out to Communist Party cadres as a gift."--BBC News in Pictures

On lomography’s 20th birthday, the BBC has a retrospective on the film fan’s favorite photography tool. 

In the early 1990's, the soviet-era lomography camera made its way into the hands of art students in Prague. The distinctive vignetting, rich coloring and compatibility with cheap, expired film made it a favorite among the avant-garde photographer with a budget. Soon, the demand for the affordable cameras made defunct lomography manufacturers restart production and lomography made its way to a larger market.

Now, lomography is synonymous with the lo-fi processing trends of mobile photography. The BBC touched on the resurgance of lomographic imagery in the article:

Lomography's devotees seem unconcerned with the rise of digital Lomo imitators such as Instagram and Hipstamatic.

"When all around us other people are looking for an instant fix, instant results, and images that you just take, look at and delete in a flash, then Lomography is doing something great by going against the grain," says [photographer Toby] Mason.

There is also one kind of excitement that most digital photographers have forgotten, or will never experience - the wait for the film to come back from the lab.

Read the rest of the article here.

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AlfaBet

LOMO LC-A pre-production prototypes were built in 1993. How did it happened that lomography turns 20 now?..

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yanoschick

Not really. I bought one in 1980s, I was maybe 8 - 10 years old. Still have it, still working; but want to sell it as not use it anymore.

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Izu

Any camera is compatible with "cheap, expired film"... gosh, you are linked to DPReview and you should have a minimum of background knowledge...

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Rick Knepper

"There is also one kind of excitement that most digital photographers have forgotten, or will never experience - the wait for the film to come back from the lab."

This is exactly why I was never into photography before the Digital Age. Waiting on a lab, paying a lab - and for film. If this were still the Film Era, I'd be toting an MF or LF rig and have a darkroom in my home. Thank God for digital.

Having said this, it may be 6 months before I get around to processing all of the keepers from a typical photo trip. Once I start processing, it may take upwards of 2 months to complete @ a couple or so images per day. I may not be the greatest example of an excited photographer. I am more excited when I am actually there.

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danijel973

Lomography is to photography what Pricasso is to painting.

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Peiasdf

"When all around us other people are looking for an instant fix, instant results, and images that you just take, look at and delete in a flash, then Lomography is doing something great by going against the grain," says [photographer Toby] Mason.

He meant "When all around us other people are looking for a good photo, accurate color, good exposure, then Lomography is doing something great by going against the art,"

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Leichhardt

No he didnt

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