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.
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.
Movies based on literature isn’t a new concept, sure, and the last decade or so alone saw an influx of book adaptations. But have you ever pondered on just how many of these were inspired by poems? Have a look at our list for this week, and find out if you’ve already seen any of them!
<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!
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.
After reading a lot of DIY tipsters in the magazine, I saw that the usual decoration of the Kontruktor wasn't unique enough for me. Read on to see how you can decorate your Konstruktor with the prints from the first shoot with your camera (or any other).
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!
Football is a big deal these days and fans all around the world are rooting for their favorite teams. To join in on the fun, we are having a football-driven last leg of the Lomography Community Cup. Will your team make it straight to the championship match? Let's all cheer for them in this last leg of our exhilarating challenge!