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  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 41: 1900-1914 The First Optical Works of Russia

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 41: 1900-1914 The First Optical Works of Russia

    Production increased quickly and the quality of the optical devices went up almost monthly. More and more workers were assigned and products, ranging from optical lenses and binoculars to spyglasses and periscopes to rangefinders, gained wide popularity with the military and citizenry alike. The attitude of the later LOMO PLC works was already starting to evolve.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 57: Perestroika, Glasnost, and the Split of the Soviet Union

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 57: Perestroika, Glasnost, and the Split of the Soviet Union

    After the Soviet Union officially split up in 1991, the borders were opened to the West and many former Soviet companies found themselves confronted with totally new and unfamiliar circumstances. Until the 1990s, Soviet enterprises received detailed directives from Moscow; when and how to do something, to whom finished products should be delivered to and what tasks had to be fulfilled on what day.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 55: MIR Space Equipment, Movie Cameras, Video Recorders, and TV Sets

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 55: MIR Space Equipment, Movie Cameras, Video Recorders, and TV Sets

    Besides the many advancements in camera development that paved the way for the most celebrated of all LOMO PLCcameras, the LOMO LC-A, the LOMO PLC workers did not rest and were busily improving their products and inventing new devices.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 29: Problems with the Black Market

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 29: Problems with the Black Market

    Advertisements appeared in various newspapers and on internet sites, publicising brand new LOMO LC-A’s for low prices. The question was: where were these people getting these new cameras from, on the Russian black market? How was it possible since the Lomographic Society was not only the sole purchaser of the camera but also exclusive worldwide distributor? Steps had to be taken because the illegal trade of the cameras was naturally harming the legitimate market and was certainly not approved by the LOMO PLC senior management, nor understandably by the Lomographers themselves.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 37: The Colibri Manufacturers in China

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 37: The Colibri Manufacturers in China

    In the beginning the Colibri Manufacturers didn’t have it easy finding enough new and good employees. As a result of the large economic boom in China many experts and engineers migrated to bigger cities such as Beijing, Shanghai or Shenzhen. However, the majority of people were not motivated merely by a good salary and so preferred to stay loyal to their old jobs and remain in their towns. Production of the LOMO LC-A+ was therefore steady from Autumn 2006 onwards but at a lower level.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 25: The More the Lomographers, the Less the Lomo LC-A's

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 25: The More the Lomographers, the Less the Lomo LC-A's

    The Lomographers wandered around the International Tourismus Börse ITB (International Tourism Fair) going from one stand to the next. The impending end of production of their beloved camera had left them extremely disheartened but suddenly in the distance they caught a glimpse of an old acquaintance.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 58: Privatisation: Steering LOMO PLC Towards the Open Market

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 58: Privatisation: Steering LOMO PLC Towards the Open Market

    The preparations for the privatisation of the company were then made under Klebanov’s shrewd command. A Privatisation Committee was set up, restructuring processes were finalised and the American consultant company McKinsey was hired to advise the LOMO PLC managers on the entry to the new market.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 28: Babushkas and Lomo Embassies in St. Petersburg

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 28: Babushkas and Lomo Embassies in St. Petersburg

    “Do I look like a grandmother?”A doctor twice over, executive chairman of LOMO PLC, who had worked for more than 30 years at the company, Aleksandr Aronov had few similarities to a “Babuschka”. Holding the fax in his hand, he could hardly believe his eyes; it stated that a member of the Lomographic Society had alleged to a writer in a Chicago newspaper that the LOMO LC-A was being manufactured by grandmothers in the factory halls in St Petersburg who wore head scarves and were wrapped in shawls.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 31: The Final End of Lomo LC-A Production

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 31: The Final End of Lomo LC-A Production

    After 2000, the LOMO LC-A continued to be produced but constant price increases were becoming the norm. Continued production was becoming more difficult day by day, and both the Lomographers and the LOMO LC-A found workers of LOMO PLC were becoming more and more disheartened. An early end to production was foreseeable and the future of the small camera was becoming more uncertain by the day.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 14: The 27th Communist Party Congress

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 14: The 27th Communist Party Congress

    Rapid changes in the history of the Soviet Union in the '80s had a radical impact on the LOMO PLC factories in St Petersburg, and of course, with the production of the LOMO LC-A. The 27th Communist Party Congress which took place in Moscow may have been the last but it was made more memorable with the help of the LOMO LC-A camera.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 15: Relocation of the Production to the Filiale

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 15: Relocation of the Production to the Filiale

    In 1986 the complete production of the Lomo Kompakt Automat was transferred from the main LOMO PLC factories, otherwise known as the “Home Base”, to these nearby works.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 18: The Fax to St. Petersburg

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 18: The Fax to St. Petersburg

    Meanwhile, in St Petersburg. Some of the rare sun rays penetrated the somewhat neglected double window on the second floor of the LOMO PLC offices and caused the manager of the newly established Public Relations Department, Lazar Semyonovich Zalmanov, to squint. “What on earth did the comrade from the marketing department send me here for?” he asked himself while he re-read the fax he had recently received. “Public Relations boss Zalmanov, this may be of interest to you” wrote the Deputy Head of the marketing department.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 17: The Lomographers are Coming

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 17: The Lomographers are Coming

    Due to the major changes in the then Soviet Union at the start of the nineties, the LOMO PLC factories encountered difficulties in dealing with the new environment that they had to live in and the once healthy business that the LOMO PLC used to enjoy started to suffer from a sudden decline. However, all was not lost for the beloved LOMO LC-A when a group of Viennese students "discovered" the once popular camera and brought it to their student flat in Vienna.

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  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 19: 300 Cameras in the Vienna Headquarters

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 19: 300 Cameras in the Vienna Headquarters

    The first sales contract for the one-off order of 300 cameras was signed and the Austrian Delegation said their friendly farewells to the Russians. They had no idea what the future still held. On leaving, Lazar casually disclosed to the Lomographers that the Christmas production of the LOMO LC-A was finally coming to an end. He wished the pale Lomographers a safe journey and went into the office of the then Director General Ilya Iosifovich Klebanov in order to report to him about the unusual visit. Upon observing the approaching Viennese group through the windowpane, with their leather coats and long hair, the former boss of the Filiale production halls and good future friend of the Lomographers had refused outright to have a meeting with the utterly nonbusiness-like young men.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 22: We Want More LOMO LC-A’s Temporary Discontinuation of Production

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 22: We Want More LOMO LC-A’s Temporary Discontinuation of Production

    Sadly, despite combined efforts – the Lomographers were ready to raise the purchase price against the US Dollar – the new calculations were nonetheless disappointing. The Lomographers would be required to pay an unaffordable unit price to ensure that production even in minimum quantities would still be profitable for LOMO PLC.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 21: We Want More Lomo LC-A's! Tough Negotiations in St. Petersburg

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 21: We Want More Lomo LC-A's! Tough Negotiations in St. Petersburg

    In October 1995, when the Lomographers then asked for 3,000 cameras per month, an unexpected answer came from the Russians: “As we are delivering the cameras these will cost 50% more per camera“. What! How on earth was this possible? What looked so simple from the free-market perspective of the Austrians (at last the cameras were selling like hotcakes), was unfortunately much more complicated in St Petersburg.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 27: The Turn of the Millenium: The Lomo Embassy in St. Petersburg and the 15 Year Contract

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 27: The Turn of the Millenium: The Lomo Embassy in St. Petersburg and the 15 Year Contract

    At the end of 1999 discussions in St Petersburg arose again on the topic of whether to stop selling the LOMO LC-A directly from the factory and in the LOMO PLC in-house shop in St. Petersburg. This was settled in a contract in 1997, which the Russians resisted up until the very end. It would be no great loss to LOMO PLC to stop selling the camera.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 42: 1914-1920 Communism and the First Cinema Projector of the Union

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 42: 1914-1920 Communism and the First Cinema Projector of the Union

    In June 1918, the first domestic motion picture projector “Rus” was unveiled. It was used in many small remote villages far away from the centres of power and allowed many brave Russians to enjoy the pleasure of Russian cinema. It is very probable that many projections of Sergej. M. Eisenstein's famous film “Bronenosetz Potemkin” (Battleship Potemkin) have been shown on the “Rus” or other LOMO PLC-produced projectors across the whole country.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 24: Production of the LOMO LC-A is Resumed

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 24: Production of the LOMO LC-A is Resumed

    Only two partners were not against the continued production of the LOMO LC-A. The photo production manager Olga Tsvetkova (the LOMO LC-A was her only product and passion) and Lazar Zalmanov from the PR department. As the only LOMO PLC intern, Lazar believed in the great marketing potential of Lomography and saw a unique possibility from this that the name LOMO PLC could be circulated throughout the world as beyond the Russian borders it was relatively unknown. But how could he make this hardened team of economists understand these “soft facts”?

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 44: 1930: Fotokor, LOMO PLC’s First Mass Produced Photo Camera

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 44: 1930: Fotokor, LOMO PLC’s First Mass Produced Photo Camera

    So it came to be that in 1929 the Director General himself, L.G. Titov, brought home a Zeiss Icon Maximar folding camera, showed it to his astounded wife and told her in firm belief: “We Russians need similar photographic equipment to document our lives, and it will be GOZ who will make the very first Russian camera for the masses!”

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 64: First of All: What are Compact Cameras?

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 64: First of All: What are Compact Cameras?

    So why did compact cameras become so popular and successful? Photography hasn't always been as easy as that and what we see before us with the LOMO LC-A + (which is clearly our most preferred compact camera) is the fruit of many decades of hard work and fancy inventions.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 70: The Kodak Retina Standardizes 135 Film Cartridges

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 70: The Kodak Retina Standardizes 135 Film Cartridges

    The Retina was notable for a few reasons. Firstly it yielded excellent quality, which was rather unique compared to most of its mass-marketed cheap Kodak brothers. Secondly, it featured a compact fold-out lens mechanism. Thirdly and most importantly, it was the first camera to use the modern 135 film cartridge that is still in use today.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 72: Single Lens Reflex Cameras

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 72: Single Lens Reflex Cameras

    With the development of SLR -cameras, the ability to compose your image exactly with a full range of functions (such as manual aperture and shutter speed settings) finally became possible, even with compact cameras.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 74: Rangefinders are Back

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 74: Rangefinders are Back

    The biggest advantages of rangefinder-cameras are that they are in general quieter and smaller than SLR-cameras, therefore quite important for the development of compact cameras. Although the development of these cameras was temporarily stopped by the Second World War, rangefinders experienced a second golden age in the 1950s.

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  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 75: Instant Snap-Shots with Polaroid

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 75: Instant Snap-Shots with Polaroid

    Many say that Polaroid's slogan of the "One Step Photo" truly came to its own with the 1972 Polaroid SX-70, often considered Dr. Land's greatest masterpiece. It was the first fully automatic, motorized, decades, many amateurs and artists warmly welcomed the Polaroid technique.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 78: The Uprising of Compact Cameras

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library

    Many competitors heated up the pace in their manufacturing halls and doubled the wage of their wage engineers to produce serious competitors to the Rollei 35 and its follow-up models.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 68: A Brownie for Everyone

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-19 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 68: A Brownie for Everyone

    The Brownie was supposed to be so easy that it was clearly advertised not only as a cheap and easy camera for everyone but also as the perfect gift or toot for school boys and girts. Six square exposures were possible on one film cartridge with the early models.

  • Snap Happy Days at Victoria & Albert Museum / London 2002

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-19 in #library
    Snap Happy Days at Victoria & Albert Museum / London 2002

    It can sometimes be hard to be creative for fear of not being good at it, so the V&A decided to stage Snap Happy Days, a nine-day photography event at the V&A from 15 to 23 February, where visitors of all ages worked creatively with photographers. They helped visitors create their own photography using photobooths, instant cameras and Lomo cameras.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 65: And What The Hell Does It Have To Do With Lomography?

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-19 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 65: And What The Hell Does It Have To Do With Lomography?

    The invention and development of compact cameras made everyday snap-shots possible and accessible to everyone. Advances in technology made cameras shrink and reduced their complexity, thereby making them easy to use for everyone.

  • Lomo at Home (Frankfurt Bookfair, 2003)

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-19 in #library
    Lomo at Home (Frankfurt Bookfair, 2003)

    There are so many ways to interpret certain objects, scenes, places etc. which is why you need to open your eyes to be able to explore these many different sides. Having a keen eye for details - even in the simplest of things shows you why Lomography, in spite of the advent of technology, is special.

  • Smallest Countries in the World!

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-15 in #world #locations
    Smallest Countries in the World!

    True, it's a big, big, big world out there but sometimes it's discovering something "big" in the smallest of places that is where the true adventure lies. In celebration of our latest baby, here's a look at some of the smallest countries in the world!

  • LomoAmigo Philip Evans Shoots with the LomoKino

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-05 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo Philip Evans Shoots with the LomoKino

    Trippy, dream-like images captured with the Lomokino, this week's LomoAmigo shares with us how he was able to creatively mesh together skate-photography with inspired shorts featuring his talented and fun-loving friends.

  • The Great Back to Basics Rumble: Capturing Time

    written by adam_g2000 on 2012-10-29 in #competitions
    The Great Back to Basics Rumble: Capturing Time

    Fantastic photos are a given with Lomography cameras, but with a little knowledge, you can get the shot you want almost every time. Prove your chops in the Back to Basics Rumble!

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  • Photokina 2012 Video Update: Check Out What You've Missed!

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-09-22 in #news
    Photokina 2012 Video Update: Check Out What You've Missed!

    Saturday was another exciting day for all of us here at the Lomography booth at the Photokina 2012. Wanna see what's been happening? Check out this short (but sweet) video update!

  • Illegal Booth Party at the Photokina 2012

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-09-22 in #news
    Illegal Booth Party at the Photokina 2012

    Were you at yesterday's Illegal Booth Party? If you missed it, well, that's too bad, but here are some photos to let you in on the fun!

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  • An Exciting Start to Photokina Saturday

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-09-22 in #news
    An Exciting Start to Photokina Saturday

    Saturday started off great with many photographers trooping over to the Photokina 2012 event to further get into the amazing imaging experience.

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  • A Lomography Inspired Trip to Berlin Part 7

    written by ellierose1989 on 2012-09-08 in #world #locations
    A Lomography Inspired Trip to Berlin Part 7

    After purchasing the Lomography City Guide Berlin on a whim, I suddenly found myself in love with the little world painted inside; and since I've had a hankering to go travelling for quite some time now, I got myself a passport, convinced my friend Sarah that she wanted to come with me, and made my little whimsical dream become a reality! Here's part 7 of our Berlin adventures!

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  • A Lomography Inspired Trip to Berlin Part 6

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-08-31 in #world #locations
    A Lomography Inspired Trip to Berlin Part 6

    After purchasing the Lomography City Guide Berlin on a whim, I suddenly found myself in love with the little world painted inside; and since I've had a hankering to go travelling for quite some time now, I got myself a passport, convinced my friend Sarah that she wanted to come with me, and made my little whimsical dream become a reality! Here's part 6 of our Berlin adventures!

  • A Lomography Inspired Trip to Berlin Part 5

    written by ellierose1989 on 2012-08-30 in #world #locations
    A Lomography Inspired Trip to Berlin Part 5

    After purchasing the Lomography City Guide Berlin on a whim, I suddenly found myself in love with the little world painted inside; and since I've had a hankering to go travelling for quite some time now, I got myself a passport, convinced my friend Sarah that she wanted to come with me, and made my little whimsical dream become a reality! Here's part 5 of our Berlin adventures!

  • A Lomography Inspired Trip to Berlin Part 4

    written by ellierose1989 on 2012-08-29 in #world #locations
    A Lomography Inspired Trip to Berlin Part 4

    After purchasing the Lomography City Guide Berlin on a whim, I suddenly found myself in love with the little world painted inside; and since I've had a hankering to go traveling for quite some time now, I got myself a passport, convinced my friend Sarah that she wanted to come with me, and made my little whimsical dream become a reality! Here's part 4 of our Berlin adventures!

  • A Lomography Inspired Trip to Berlin Part 3

    written by ellierose1989 on 2012-08-28 in #world #locations
    A Lomography Inspired Trip to Berlin Part 3

    After purchasing the Lomography City Guide Berlin on a whim, I suddenly found myself in love with the little world painted inside; and since I've had a hankering to go travelling for quite some time now, I got myself a passport, convinced my friend Sarah that she wanted to come with me, and made my little whimsical dream become a reality! Here's part 3 of our Berlin adventures!

  • A Lomography Inspired Trip to Berlin Part 2

    written by ellierose1989 on 2012-08-27 in #world #locations
    A Lomography Inspired Trip to Berlin Part 2

    After purchasing the Lomography City Guide Berlin on a whim, I suddenly found myself in love with the little world painted inside; and since I've had a hankering to go travelling for quite some time now, I got myself a passport, convinced my friend Sarah that she wanted to come with me, and made my little whimsical dream become a reality! Here's part two of our Berlin adventures!

  • Witnessing the Olympic Torch Relay

    written by kneehigh85 on 2012-08-12 in #world #locations
    Witnessing the Olympic Torch Relay

    Last weekend saw the Olympic Torch Relay pass through my home town of Leeds, and I was close by the action with my trusty Canon EOS to capture the magic.

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  • Locations Callout: Requested Posts for the Month of August

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-08-06 in #world #locations
    Locations Callout: Requested Posts for the Month of August

    As we usher in the month of August, we've set a new list of requested posts for our Locations section. Whether you'll be traveling this month, staying in your hometown, or have already traveled before but haven't written about it yet for our Locations section, check out what we're currently in search of!

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  • Our Lomo London

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-07-31 in #world #locations
    Our Lomo London

    Rounding up our Locations section tribute to the recent launch of our London City Guide is a quick look on some of the lovely photographs that you've sent to us through the years, of what else...LONDON! Reminiscent of just some of the things that we love about this city, take a peek at what we've rounded up!

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  • Following the London Tourist Trail

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-07-30 in #world #locations
    Following the London Tourist Trail

    There’s definitely more to London that the 2012 Olympics, one of the most visited cities in Europe, London is teeming with history and culture that is unique to the city. This richness is of course, mirrored in the city’s equally vast attractions like the Buckingham Palace, the British Museum, and Big Ben. If ever you’re planning a visit to London, make sure to not miss out on these favorite tourist locations!

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  • London Good Eats

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-07-27 in #world #locations
    London Good Eats

    Forget Tesco, with the abundance of hole-in-the-wall eateries and weekend markets showcasing both an international selection as well as traditional English grub, here we pay tribute to London's good eats!

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  • Quintessentially London

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-07-27 in #world #locations
    Quintessentially London

    Numerous attractions, the 2012 Olympics, Harry Potter, and the Royal Family aside, what else is there to be excited about going to London? Given the city's popularity, each and every one of us practically has an idea of what can be found in London...or do you? Just to refresh your memory, here are some things that are definitely, quintessentially-London.

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  • Locations Feature of the Week

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-07-22 in #world #locations
    Locations Feature of the Week

    Another week, another standout Locations article to feature! A simple day trip to the province provided for an awesome setting to have a lomo-shoot for this community user and his lomo-loving friends! Already have an idea on who is it? Well, just read about the announcement after the jump!

  • Locations Feature of the Week

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-07-15 in #world #locations
    Locations Feature of the Week

    For this week's locations feature, a community member went off the beaten track and found himself shooting at a place favored by a more "mature" clientele.

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