Mission to Find the Most Popular Lomograph


I recently found myself wondering which, of the many spectacular photos on this site, was the most popular of all time. I imagined that there would be many photos that had several thousand likes. I also imagined that it would be easy to track down the top photo. Not so my lomo-friends, not so.

Credits: mafiosa

My purpose for finding the most popular photo was to analyze it and identify why it appealed to so many people. I figured that I could simply click on the “Photos” tab at the top of the Lomography home page. I expected the most popular photo to be the first one at the top, right hand side of the screen (similar to the “popular” tab on the individual lomo-homes). However, this gives you the recently trending popular photos. Not quite what I was after.

I then entered the word “popular” into the search. The first photo that pops up is this one, with only 117 likes. Although lovely, I knew that with this amount of likes it couldn’t possibly be the most popular photo.

Credits: saidseni

I eventually realized that I would have to try to find it by searching the “popular” tab of individual lomo-homes. And down the rabbit hole I went.

I started with the usual suspects: @mephisto19, @atria007, @upic, @clickiemcpete, @troch, @warning, @hodachrome, @dakadev_pui, @mczoum, @grazie, etc. I was very surprised to find that none of these lomographer’s most popular photos exceeded 1000 likes. Here are each of these lomographers’ respective most popular photos (at present time):

Credits: mephisto19, atria007, bravebird, clickiemcpete, troch, warning, hodachrome, dakadev_pui, mczoum & grazie

I then expanded my list and very quickly and easily identified approximately 60 lomographers that I am familiar with who could have been contenders for holding the top photo. Here are all of those popular photos that I tracked down from this list:

Credits: bccbarbosa, jennson, stouf, vicuna, jeabzz, wil6ka, disdis, anarchy, emkei, renaishashin, myloveletter, artichekt, eskimofriend, earlybird, kylethefrench, novakmisi, eyecon, ccwu, zark, maxpinckers, adi_totp, istionojr, 12_12, qrro, superlighter, suizidekid, ripsta, kleeblatt, palkina, ohpleasedontgo, albeelee, sandkorn, natalieerachel, grad, lilithmoon, zoezo, shoujoai, itisanormalname, fivedayforecast, cruzron, ryszardl70, lawypop & frauspatzi

Through this search, I discovered only one photo that exceeded 1000 likes. With 1191 likes, and countless comments, this is the photo (by the great @satomi) that I believe is the most popular lomograph of all time:

Credits: satomi

When I clicked on this photo, I encountered a rush of memories, because when I first started my own lomo-home, this is the photo that seemed to appear everywhere. And I have seen it so many times since then. So what was it about this photo that appealed to so many people? In my assessment, it has many elements that set this lomograph apart from any generic photograph. For example:

• Creativity – the rainbow mask provides additional colour and depth.
• Grain – the grainy effect, which likely resulted from the combination of the Diana F+ camera with the colour gels, gives it a retro feel.
• Shallow depth of focus – the focus on the subject and the flower field in the foreground, with the background blurry draws your eye to the person holding the flower.
• Miscellaneous – I like the contrast of flower print skirt against the yellow wild flowers in the field. There is also an overall “dreamy” feel to the photo.

What are your thoughts on this photo? Feel free to post the link to your own most popular photo in the comments section. With so much talent here, I may have unintentionally missed some of the other great photos.

written by mafiosa on 2012-07-09 in #lifestyle


  1. jeabzz
    jeabzz ·

    great research, and yeah @satomi is surely one of the most brilliant lomographer ever! :D

  2. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    Interesting article, @mafiosa. I'm also surprised that there isn't a gallery of 'All-time Most Popular Shots' somewhere. P.S. For those of you who liked @satomi's rainbow effect, here's mine: www.lomography.com/homes/buckshot/albums/1863919-quadrachro…

  3. lazybuddha
    lazybuddha ·

    If you add likes and comments together, which I think Lomograhy do, this is the most popular

  4. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Thanks @lazybuddha , I knew there was a good chance I may have missed some other great photos! I love that one.

  5. emma_
    emma_ ·

    How can @satomi have taken this image when it shows her?

  6. cc-in-paris
    cc-in-paris ·

    this is truly a perfect shot! everything about it is wonderful. truly a master at work.

    @emma_ if you check out satomi's lomohome you'll see that she works a lot with herself as a model, doing some out-of-this-world great self portraits. Hey, sometimes you can't get a model (i've had this problem). There are many ways to take your own picture - release cable, which you can get several feet long, many cameras have a timed shutter release. But even when you ask someone to take the picture, if you are the one who conceives it in terms of choice of film, camera, setting, composition etc and you just explain what it is you want, even if you did non click on the shutter yourself, it is still your photo.

  7. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Satomi is the most, Paul Lavallee a.k.a. mylatehope 2nd

  8. istionojr
    istionojr ·

    those photos you recap are outstanding, claps to them.

  9. tesslucia
    tesslucia ·

    this photo is just breathtaking

  10. qrro
    qrro ·

    wow!!! thank you so much @mafiosa !!! great great work! jajajaj today i was wondering who had the most popular photo its really hard to find that information. thx!!! XD

  11. eskimofriend
    eskimofriend ·

    satomi lomogodess :)
    I feel really honored to be part of that list along with so many of my lomoheroes

More Interesting Articles

  • Perfect Combination: Fuji Instax Mini Film and the Diana Instant Back

    written by dermanu on 2014-03-19 in #lifestyle
    Perfect Combination: Fuji Instax Mini Film and the Diana Instant Back

    Just recently I asked myself why I would want to write about a film like the Fuji Instax Mini, because usually this film is the only one available for Fuji Instax cameras. But then it hit me! It can be an alternative to many other instant films, since I can load almost any film into my Diana F+, other medium and 135 format cameras, and of course the Fuji Instax Mini.

  • 5 of the Best Ways to Share Your Lomo'Instant Pics

    written by jacobs on 2014-11-25 in #news
    5 of the Best Ways to Share Your Lomo'Instant Pics

    We love sharing photos! So, with the recent release of the beloved Lomo'Instant camera, we thought it would be a great idea to look at some of the best ways to share your instants with the world. Rather than letting them collect dust on a shelf or stay hidden away in a drawer somewhere, why not let everyone else in on your superb instant creations? Check out these 5 awesome ways you can do just that!

  • How Street Photography is Forcing My Eyes Open

    written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-03-14 in #lifestyle
    How Street Photography is Forcing My Eyes Open

    While I have been making attempts to do some street photography in the past two years, I must confess that I've let my introverted side take over countless times, resulting in half-baked (and sometimes half-hearted) snaps. However, once I started letting go of my inhibitions and just immerse myself in the task and experience, I found that street photography forcing my eyes open on so many things.

  • Shop News

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • My Vinyl Paradise

    written by goonies on 2014-03-16 in #lifestyle
    My Vinyl Paradise

    “I would like to buy a jukebox.” I've said this many times, so 4 years ago my ex-girlfriend went to my home with a little package. "It's a present for you," she said. I opened it and found a 12" vinyl disc, the single "Woman" by Wolfmother. It was wonderful. "If you will finally buy a jukebox, you shouldn't miss playing this song," she said.

  • Pentax Auto 110: the undisputed master of 110 photography!

    written by sandravo on 2014-03-19 in #reviews
    Pentax Auto 110: the undisputed master of 110 photography!

    Being an addict of large and spacious 6x6 negatives on 120 film, I never would have thought I'd own a 110 camera someday. But when I came across the Pentax Auto 110 on an auction site, it was just too darn cute not to buy it. So I placed a bid, won the auction, and am now the proud owner of the tiniest SLR ever made!

  • Photo Stories: Portraits of Marie and Tim, 1977 by herbert-4

    written by jillytanrad on 2014-03-23 in #lifestyle
    Photo Stories: Portraits of Marie and Tim, 1977 by herbert-4

    As one of our most seasoned community members, herbert-4's collection of photos spans over decades of experience in film photography. Many of his albums contain images that we could only dream of capturing, from a time and generation that not many of us had the chance to be part of. Not surprisingly, each photo is entitled to its own story, and herbert-4 shares the story behind this one after the jump.

  • Shop News

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Whatever kind of film development you're after, you'll find it here! Now you can confidently shoot from the hip without having to worry where to develop those film rolls!

  • Fresh from the Lab: Silvia Precisa

    written by adi_totp on 2014-08-20 in #lifestyle
    Fresh from the Lab: Silvia Precisa

    Recently, I used my trusty Fuji Silvi. It may not be my all-time favorite camera, but I just wanted to use it because I kind of missed shooting with it. So I decided to look through my film stash to see what I could use with the Fuji Silvi. After much consideration, I ended up picking the old Agfa CT Precisa ISO 100 to get that classic blue tone. Silvia Precisa!

  • I am a Mad Analogue Scientist: New Experiments with 35mm Films and Chemicals

    written by blackfairy on 2014-08-07 in #gear #tipster
    I am a Mad Analogue Scientist: New Experiments with 35mm Films and Chemicals

    Unfortunately, it happens sometimes that your resulting pictures are not what you expected - the image doesn't look that good, the colors are bland, and the subject is banal. Indeed, it couldn't be picture of the year! Herein I propose a second chance for your pictures by modifying your 35mm negatives. Just pick up some ideas from here, experiment, and scan your negatives with the Lomography Smartphone Scanner. Anything is possible: burning, scratching, putting on hydrochloric acid, balsamic vinegar, nail polish, bleach, or raspberry juice... use your imagination and write down your new film soup recipe! You can find a sample of the effects in this article.

  • Photographer Gilbert Blecken Captures Iconic Musicians on Film

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-03-02 in #people #lifestyle
    Photographer Gilbert Blecken Captures Iconic Musicians on Film

    Back in the 1990s, Gilbert Blecken was a big music fan and wrote for his own small music fanzine. He would interview bands in between sound checks and take photographs of them. He was never a professional photographer or worked for a company; he simply did it for his fanzine. Twenty years on, Gilbert’s photographs have matured into an amazing documentation of some of the biggest music icons of that era. We caught up with Gilbert to ask him about these photographs and the fascinating story behind them.

  • Shop News

    Uncrate Long Lost Lomography Treasures - 30% Off in our Discount Section

    Uncrate Long Lost Lomography Treasures - 30% Off in our Discount Section

    Fly over to our 30% Discount Section to discover previously unavailable Editions & Clones! Be quick and make one yours before they are all gone again!

  • Catfordst is our LomoHome of the Day!

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-03-02 in #world #news
    Catfordst is our LomoHome of the Day!

    From everyone here in Lomography, congratulations to catfordst for winning Home of the Day!

  • Photo of the Day by megalithicmatt

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-03-02 in #world #news
    Photo of the Day by megalithicmatt

    Bathing in blue, this wintry landscape looks utterly magical.

  • 'In the Studio: Photographs' on Show in NYC

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-03-02 in #world #news #events
    'In the Studio: Photographs' on Show in NYC

    Have a glimpse of the workspaces of some of the most renowned photographers through this major exhibition, ongoing at the Gagosian Gallery Madison Avenue.