These photos date all the way back to the 1860s. These finds are from the McCord Museum, and are both fascinating historical documents of society as well as being articles of amusement, with funny expressions on the children, backdrops, and the toys being posed with!
Baby dolls are what most of the girls in this collection are posing with. One can imagine the attachment these children have to their toys. They were likely imagined, by parents and all around them, with their toys in hand and thus, when it came time to take their children’s portrait they’d have them pose with what they’d naturally be hanging on to anyways.
What’s unnatural, one might argue, are the grown-up style clothes the kids are wearing as well as the strike-a-pose stances they are displaying, none the wiser. For instance the young boy resting on the hula-hoop, with his hand on his hip, and one foot in front of the other, is very calculated and reflective of the typical poses by men of the day.
The above photos were taken by the William Notman studio in Montreal, Canada.
We recommend checking out McCord Museum on Flickr as they have a ton of old thematic photos!
Reuben Wu fascinates, both with his splendid photographs and the music he churns out for electronic band Ladytron, or when he's doing a solo gig as a DJ. He's also one heck of a nice guy, who, despite being ultra-talented, has been gracious enough to grant another interview and share more of his amazing photos,which were taken with the Lomo LC-A+ with Russian lens.
As Steve Jobs puts it, "creativity is just connecting things." It's all about tracing one's experiences and pushing the boundaries of what's already known to establish new things. The Lomography community is no stranger to these instances. In fact, the community is filled with brilliant minds who are always ready to refine existing techniques and look for innovative ways to express their visions and ideas. Here are just a few of the creative lomographers we've come to love over the years.
Lomography Singapore plays host to Parallel Planets’ first exhibition, "Façades: Neo-Noir Portraits Exhibition," featuring all-analog photography: a sea of black and white film portraits. This exhibition serves as a platform where both local and international photographers can express themselves by injecting individual perspectives into their craft. It also encourages viewers to look through the lens of the photographers, to see the subjects as who they are – flawed, alive, and breathing – and to also see beyond the façades we all choose to don.
Christopher Logan once again collaborated with Lomography as he brought his favorite Petzval Lens to the 2015 New York Fashion Week! The Petzval, being a versatile lens, is a great choice to work with during major events. Logan documented most of the Fashion Week with Lomography gear, and we are more than excited to share with you some of his shots with the Petzval Lens!
Aside from being an immensely talented lomographer, what makes him a perfect LomoGuru is his burning desire to share his knowledge. The city where he lives is full of people who are interested in analog photography, but the lack of easy access to film and equipment poses a challenge for them to pursue their passion. To keep them motivated, Hugo organizes workshops and tours on different film photography techniques and DIY tricks. Let's give a loud round of applause to Hugo Pereira, better known in the community as zulupt, our LomoGuru from Marinha Grande, Portugal!
They were 90,000 strong and oozing with love for Mick, Keith, Ron, Bill and Charlie. High school teacher Joseph Szabo captured the great gathering using three 35mm cameras. These photos are now considered collector's items and will be released in a 2015 edition of "Rolling Stones Fans".
Geoffrey Berliner is the Executive Director of the Penumbra Foundation and the Center for Alternative Photography in New York. As the head of an organization whose goals are 'to be a comprehensive resource for photographers at any level' and 'to continue to publicize the impact photography has had and continues to have on culture, history and the arts,' his exposure to photographic materials -from 19th century gems to modern equipment- is so extensive, one cannot even begin to fathom just how much knowledge and experience this man has acquired. His collection of over 2000 vintage Petzval lenses is unparalleled, and the object of envy of both traditional and contemporary photographers. Although such lenses are reputed to require a certain level of skill to be used, Berliner seems to manage them with so much ease, producing splendid results.
Dogs (and cats) are man's best friend and pet owners will agree that they bring bundles of joy to our daily lives. Pets deserve to be the star of photo shoots, as much as they deserve a special spot in our lives.
For the last year we've been working on the next version of Lomography. We based our work on the feedback you’ve given us over the years and we wanted to share it as early as possible with you and can’t wait to hear what you think. Just one warning first: it is still in development and things can break. All the photos, comments, likes, homes and everything else were transferred as of October 16th, 2014. So anything you do on next.lomography.com won't be reflected on www.lomography.com and vice versa. Once we are done with testing, everything you did here will be deleted again. So this is a big playground for you to explore.