In the last weeks of 2009 Germany saw another wave of student protests against the disastrous educational policies of the government. Report on location.
Since 1993 government policies were trying to install tutelage fees for german universities, something extremely controversial, as the fees were low enough so as to cover only 1% of university expenses, but high enough to bar university attendance for poor(er) students.
There were many attempts on the part of different governments, but always student protests prevented the fees, until a couple of years ago when they were successfully installed along with a thorough reform of the university educational system to adhere to the decisions of the Bologna conference, like abolishment of the German Diplom study courses and replacement by the British Bachelor/Master system. Unfortunately, the reorganization was not well-planned, having deleterious effects on courses, universities and students. In many cases the workload of the 4-year-Diplom courses was just compressed into a 3-year Bachelor course.
This, coupled with the toll of the tutelage fees sparked a new wave of protests that reached until Christmas 2009 and took the form of demonstrations and occupations of universities. Here in Erlangen the students occupied the Auditorium Maximum of the university, installing swiftly a competent media center with live streaming video broadcast, organizing themselves thoroughly including cleaning duty, field kitchens, bringing all necessary equipment as well as furniture to be able to function in the Audi Max and give voice to their protest. We were on location on a Saturday and I was able to capture some of the aspects of the protesters’ life as an occupational revolutionary force with my trusted LC-A!
A few months ago, Lomography made available a whole range of pinhole cameras made out of premium wood. Interested in knowing how good they are, I brought the medium format one on my last trip to Germany.
Her interest in photography started when she saw a shop in Vienna selling cameras with her name "Diana" printed all over. She then applied as an intern in Lomography Germany where she had a great time getting on the analogue grind. Let's all give our cheerful and perky Newcomer of the Week, analogeanstalten, a warm welcoming hug!
Only 15 and already so talented. David Uzochukwu is a student and photographer from Brussels, Belgium whose speciality is to capture breathtaking portraits. For a photography meet in Bavaria, Germany he asked us if we could lend him the New Petzval Lens, and of course we said yes! Check out the beautiful photos he and other photographers took during this special event.
<i>Editor's Note: The past several years saw <b><a href="http://www.lomography.com/homes/maliha">Maliha</a></b> frequently moving from one place to another, a sort of nomad who likes the thrill of starting anew and finding her place in every city she stays at. In the last decade she has spent in the USA, Maliha has stayed at six different cities in five different states. Currently, Maliha is based in Denver, Colorado, and "Transient Living," a new series in the Lomography magazine, documents her experiences and the ways that she has come to call this city her home.</i>
A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to participate in a three-day cyanotype workshop organized by the UP Iris, the university-wide student organization of the University of the Philippines. Here's a step-by-step guide to making your very own cyanotype print!
Before they became the big shot filmmakers that they are now, they were of course once students making their initial attempts at filmmaking. In this week's list, we're putting the spotlight on these early works by George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, and Roman Polanski!
Kathi Haas, also known in the community as frauhaase, is a graphic designer from Lübeck, Germany. She is passionate about documenting Lübeck’s bicycle scene through photographs. In this interview, our Newcomer of the Week shares more about her project and how one community member inspired her to shoot analog.
In December last year James Wright, editor and creative director of So It Goes Magazine, went on a two-week trip to Sri Lanka, "a place so long on our bucket list, but up until then, as yet unvisited," he writes on the first of his three-part photo diary. Herein is the first of his series that chronicles his adventures, highlighted by a selection of breathtaking images of the Sri Lankan countryside and the locals, among many other images, captured with his trusty photographic companions: the Leica MP, Lomo LC-A+, and an assortment of films including the LomoChrome Purple.
Scott Brasher is a fashion street photographer based in New York City. His work has been featured on many media outlets while working with brands like Cover Girl, MTV, Reebok, and Target, among many others. But before this, Scott started shooting in the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, capturing its daily urban fashion. Last month, he took the Petzval Lens to the streets of New York to photograph scenes at the famous New York Fashion Week.
You might remember experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats for the CenturyCamera, his ambitious project which involved installation of 100 ultra-long-exposure cameras in and around Berlin, Germany "to continuously document 100 years of municipal growth and decay for scrutiny and judgment by future generations" between 2014 and 2114. But today, Keats goes a step further and begins yet another groundbreaking and unprecedented project with the Millennium Camera.
July 1906 saw a landmark event in the history of the National Geographic Society when its magazine published a special issue containing just one article with over 70 wildlife photographs - the first of its kind to appear on the magazine - taken by politician and wildlife photographer George Shiras, III.
She stumbled upon the Community last year when she was looking for a lightweight camera that she can easily bring during her backpacking trips. She settled on a Holga 135 BC, which she fondly calls "Hogs." Meet our Newcomer of the Week, Marilia Costa or also known in the Community as macosta!