Liad Cohen Shooting with the Lomo LC-A+

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Learn more about Liad and his analogue philosophies upon reading this interview!

Learn more about Liad and his analogue philosophies upon reading this interview!

REAL NAME Liad Cohen
CITY New York City
COUNTRY USA

How long have you been a Lomographer?
Liad Cohen: I’ve been shooting with Lomo cameras since April of 2004 when I discovered Lomography… but I think I was always a lLomographer in the sense that I’ve always been looking at things this way, but it wasn’t until I got an LOMO LC-A+ that I realized it…

Describe the LC-A+ in five words.
LC: New & improved, but still classic…

The strangest, funniest, or hands-down greatest photographic/Lomographic encounter that you have ever had.
LC: The greatest Lomographic encounters have been with the friends I’ve made through omo… I spent 4 days in August of 2005 walking around and shooting New York with le_megn, who is so cool, so that was a lot of fun… and I’ve gotten to know NATALIE.ZWILLINGER very well after falling in love with her work and being inspired by her creative energy and her innovations—I hope she is someone I know for the rest of my life because she’s an amazing beautiful person, and in my humble opinion, the best Lomographer ever… and most of all, getting to know colormebeautiful, who is not only one of my favorite artists, but has become a best friend…watching her grow over the past year into the incredible artist she is, and then meeting her a few months ago when she moved to New York has been the best thing that’s happened to me because of Lomo, so that is my greatest photo/Lomo encounter.

If your photos shown here could have a soundtrack of three songs, what would they be (song title & artist please).
LC: I don’t know which photos of the 100+ that I shot to test this cam you will use, so I’ll just list 3 songs that always inspire me when I’m shooting…

  1. Ny Batteri by Sigur Ros
  2. Black Dollar Bills by Hope of the States
  3. 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong by Mogwai (my favorite song of all time)…

Digital or Analog? Why?
LC: Analog analog analog! I’m sorry, i’m not some anti-digital person who thinks there is nothing good about digital, but how can you even compare? first of all, digital is not real…it’s just ones and zeros… just the fact that you can press a button on the camera, and make the image you shot disappear into thin air… doesn’t that tell you something? also, there is just a coldness to digital… whether it’s photos, music, video—you can’t even compare to the warmth of analog… and there is just a magic with analog photography that is hard to explain… there is this element of chance that is the sublime aspect of ‘art’ that gets me so excited to begin with… when I see those negatives, and I know that it’s this mixture of energies—film, light, chemicals, chance… or that feeling when a fresh Polaroid comes shooting out of my SX-70 and I get to watch it come to life before my eyes… the smell of the film… there’s nothing like it in the digital universe… sadly, after visiting the photo expo in New York this weekend, it’s clear that analog is dead… Polaroid wasn’t even there, and even Leica has gone digital… convenience has killed the magic of analog, and it’s only a matter of time before we’re the last of a dying breed…

If you could be anywhere, doing anything, right now – where would it be and what would you do?
LC: I’d be travelling around the world with a backpack full of cameras and film (and some clothes), with someone I love…

The absolute best restaurant in your town – something authentic, delicious, and not too pricey. Name & address please.
LC: The place I take everyone to when they first come to New York is Mammoun’s Falafel on Mcdougal street in the village… my dad used to go there when he first came to america in 1973, and it’s still the best deal in town—$2 for the tastiest falafel this side of the Atlantic…

Things about the LC-A+ that you love & adore.
LC: I love that there is an LOMO LC-A+ in production… that’s the main thing to me… I mean, it’s cool that it has the MX switch and the cable release function that is great… but the way i use the LC-A+, those things don’t matter much… just knowing that there will be LC-A+’s produced for at least a little while longer gives me comfort… I hope I can buy a new one for my kids someday (if I ever have them) and teach them about Lomography, and how much it’s meant to me by opening my eyes to the world… the LC-A+ is about as sacred to me as a little box of screws can be, so I love and adore the LC-A+ because it’s an LC-A and it’s NEW

Your advice to future LC-A+ Lomographers.
LC: I would experiment with this new LOMO LC-A+ as if it’s a totally new camera to you… don’t think of the old LC-A, because this is slightly different in ways you will only discover through using it like you used your old LC-A… try everything as if it’s for the first time… experiment, learn, take notes… then throw them all away, and don’t think, just shoot! or something…

written by fookshit on 2009-08-10 in #people #lomoamigos #amigos #interviews #lomo-lc-a

5 Comments

  1. lomomarigold
    lomomarigold ·

    Great pics Liad. Cool interview!

  2. goldie
    goldie ·

    Liad - the pics, the interview, it moves me...

  3. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    colormebeautiful - the link is broken

  4. majorted
    majorted ·

    I met Liad when I was living in NYC for seven weeks; nicest guy you could meet! If you ever are in New York, go to the LSI embassy there, and try to participate in one of their workshops; its more than likely that Liad would be running it!

  5. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    it's a great story. :)

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