Self-portraits. Robert Cornelius did it before it was cool. Strike that -- he even did that before photography was cool.
This daguerreotype photograph was taken by Robert Cornelius around October 1839. While it might not look like it at first, this is actually a self-portrait of Cornelius. And according to the Library of Congress, believed to be the earliest extant American portrait photo.
“Daguerre announced his invention of a photographic method to the French Academy of Sciences in August 1839. That October, a young Philadelphian, Robert Cornelius, working out of doors to take advantage of the light, made this head-and-shoulders self-portrait using a box fitted with a lens from an opera glass. In the portrait, Cornelius stands slightly off-center with hair askew, in the yard behind his family’s lamp and chandelier store, peering uncertainly into the camera. Early daguerreotypy required a long exposure time, ranging from three to fifteen minutes, making the process nearly impractical for portraiture.” — ‘Photographic Material,’ by Carol Johnson. In Gathering History: the Marian S. Carson Collection of Americana, 1999, p. 100 via the Library of Congress
Our community will never run out of ideas when it comes to doubles and film swaps. Case in point, this mind-boggling self-portrait that indeed screams how much he is into film photography. Congratulations to earlybird for having our Photo of the Day!
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The Zenit MF-1 is an authentic part of the Soviet intelligence arsenal. With a tiny body packed full of fantastic features, this subminiature camera is the choice for espionage missions. With only a handful being produced each year, nows your chance to grab hold of this fine piece of photographic equipment! Grab a piece of Soviet analogue history, this tiny camera was the choice for espionage back in the days! Exclusive shipment from Vienna, Austria
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Edwin from the Lomography Team first learnt about Lomo cameras when he was studying design. The first roll of Fisheye 1 from his photography classes made him very happy, and he kept Lomo in his life ever since. In his last trip to Taiwan, Edwin brought along the Belair Instant Camera. Did this Instant Camera bring him the same happiness? What does Edwin think about his travel companion?
You’ve shouted your analogue love from the rooftops and worn your heart on your sleeve – Now it’s time to take it to the next level and wear it on your skin! Our new Lomography Tattoos are fun, easy to apply and come in five designs.
Aurélien Bénard is a self-taught photographer who has been practicing photography for more than a decade. He specializes in glamour, fashion, beauty, and portrait photography. He recently tested the Petzval Lens and has prepared a series of of beautiful pictures and a video to captivate us all.
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Martin's first date with his Lomo LC-A gave him a roll of blurred photographs. It was far from his expectations but it did not stop him from getting that "Lomographic rainbows and unicorns" he desires. Read on to find out more about bugs and his First Lomo Affair with Lomo LC-A!
Shake well and apply to fabric. Blot out excess using a paper towel. Create your design using Inkofilm or anything that casts a shadow. Expose to sunlight or bright UV light for 10-20 minutes or until color reaches full saturation. Machine wash using Inkowash to remove unexposed dye. Double your exposure time in overcast weather. Enjoy the "wow" result!
Our photography firsts, such as our first camera or first film, are certainly unforgettable. When you have a surreal and awesome album of first snaps, such as the ones taken with a rare film, it's even more memorable!