There was a time when street photographers were a mainstay in Afghanistan but, sadly, that is no longer the case today. In this video, Qalam Nabi demonstrates how he shoots and develops photos using a kamra-e-faoree, their version of an instant box camera. Find out how you can make your own here!
Kabul street photographer Qalam Nabi shows us the rather low-fi yet impressive mechanism of the kamra-e-faoree, from the framing to the focusing, to the shooting and developing. So old school cool!
Unfortunately, the kamra-e-faoree and its lensmen are on the brink of disappearing (Nabi makes up half of the remaining street photographers in Kabul) but the Afghan Box Camera Project aims to keep this art form alive. You can download instructions on how to build an Afghan box camera from their website and learn about its history. Try it today so it’ll still be around tomorrow! :-)
Aside from developing his own black and white negatives, he also crafts pinhole cameras out of ordinary boxes. His dreamy, soft-focus lomographs even inspired some of the community members to go lens-less on their next photo shoot. Let's get to know more about our newcomer of the week from Sheffield, United Kingdom, sandy_sun!
The next time you find yourself wandering around town with your Lomo'Instant camera, here's a neat trick that you can do: choose a specific area and quickly snap an instant photo. Once it develops, hold it in the exact position or angle where you took the instant photo, and take a standard photo using your favorite camera. Does it sound confusing? Ah, well ... let's just show you how it's done! Check out the photos after the jump.
Canadian-born Ian Taylor is a full-time photographer specializing in kids and development work. It all started when his five siblings started having children at the same time he was into photography. This passion then spiraled into something amazing, and now Ian works primarily with kids, shooting them when they are in their purest form. Based in Asia, Ian has agreed to share this amazing series of photos he shot with his Petzval Art Lens in Cambodia and Thailand. He also shared with us some of his insights and views on photography.
The latest addition to the Lomo’Instant family! Inspired by the Icelandic midnight sky, Get endless creativity, take multiple exposed instant snapshots, experiment with long exposure and light painting shots!
Christopher Logan has covered New York Fashion Week extensively with Lomography. He's had individual publication and drawn in crowds to our NYC Gallery Store. When he took the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens to the first weekend Men's exhibition of New York Fashion Week shows, the results were astounding. His photos had their own takeover on the @AmericanPhotoMag Instagram feed and he was given a feature in GQ Brazil. Read on to get a glimpse of what he and the Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens can create.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
Germany-based Benjamin Kracke began his photography journey by searching for something unique. Naturally, the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens proved to be full of character for this LomoAmigo! Read on to find out more about his experience with this beautiful art lens.
Lomography has teamed up with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London to give you the chance to win tickets to see “Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century,” the first retrospective of this highly influential photographer in over 30 years. You can also win a Henry Carroll Book and a Lomo’instant Wide.