The Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, California is perhaps one of the top recognizable landmarks throughout history. Situated on Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills Area of the Santa Monica Mountains, it has countlessly appeared in films and television programs.
It was originally constructed in 1923 as an advertisement for local real estate development before it was adopted as a symbol of Hollywood and American cinema. In 1949, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce had arranged for its repair and restoration, as well as the removal of “land”. It had undergone restoration once again in 1978, this time into a more sturdy and permanent replacement.
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‘LIFE’ is a film that tells the story of photographer Dennis Stock who was assigned to photograph James Dean and inadvertently produced some of the most iconic photographs of the star. The film is released this week and we are offering some lucky people the chance to win a DVD, a book of photographs by Dennis Stock, signed posters and a LomoKino.
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.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
Valerio Spada went beyond his comfort zone and stepped right into the battlefield with his camera. He went to Naples, Italy, an area populated by the Camorra Mafia but also home to Annalisa Durante who, at the age of 14, was killed by a bullet aimed at a Camorra boss. What happened to her could've happened to any of the girls portrayed in the book Gommorah Girl. This work is about Annalisa. It's about all of the girls that, just like her, seem doomed to an unfair destiny - which, hopefully, may still change.
Shanghai in the 1920s and '30s was a city that intrigued British, American, French and Chinese cosmopolitans with its bustling streets and dens of sumptuous iniquity. This summer, Dances of Vice brings strains of jazz mingled with Hollywood-inspired music and Chinese folk melodies on the night of the Downtown Association in New York City.
At the beginning of November, I went to Madrid for the first time. I wanted to bring back home unique memories and photographs of what I was going to discover in the Spanish capital, so I brought the Petzval Lens with me to capture this trip within a beautiful swirling bokeh.
When she was first featured on the Magazine in 2011, Mary Robinson's natural talent for photography was already evident. Her images made an impression on the Lomography Community even back then. Her work has evolved in the span of four years, but its quaint beauty remains.
The landscape of retail now includes the Internet. Back then stores had a more prominent role in promoting products. Window displays needed a strong punch line, say, a Vogue endorsement. Or in some examples, a singular product—a camera or a shoe—was all it took to lure in a passerby.
When a truly fascinating photograph hits you, it’s powerful enough to transport you to the story that is being told in that image. Such is what happens when one sees Suji Park's work for the first time. It’s as if you can actually hear and feel the details of each snapshot — the warmth of a late afternoon sun, the complex silence of nature or a dry and nostalgic solitude.
April Fools! Indeed, you came here looking for a Lomo'Instant Caribbean Edition and what you found instead was the truth behind our little April Fool's prank this year. What a bitter pill to swallow! But don't let this keep you down — there are still many great Lomographic goodies to delight in.