Back in the day, Minox was mainly known for its line of subminiature (aka spy) cameras. One of their smallest cameras, the Minox IIIs was introduced in 1954.
Two ads for the Minox mini-camera from 1955, courtesy of Road & Track and Motor Life. I highly doubt this took good enough pictures to be worth $139.50 in fifties dollars, but this was the “spy camera" we always saw in movies/TV/comic books so you know a bunch of people had to have it. — Heck Yeah, Old Tech!
The film format for Minox subminiature cameras is 8 × 11mm, less than one-fourth the size compared to 35mm film. Due to their light weight, compact size and close-focusing ability, these cameras have been pegged as a perfect tool for surveillance and intel gathering such as taking photographs of documents.
Loving these historic time capsules? Then you might want to check out the rest of our Throwback Thursday entries!
Lomography rekindles its ties with Nixon for the Nixon Surf Challenge 2015. In line with this partnership, photographer Benjamin Wu Tiu Yen and surfers William Aliotti and Jonathan Gonzalez documented the fun part of their Hainan adventure with Lomo'Instant cameras.
It is clear from the wild variety of photos in the website that Lomographers will do just about anything to get a good shot. Some swap rolls with friends overseas while others concoct unheard-of film soups. And then there are the masters of operations, the ones who spy and crouch their way to a share-worthy picture. This is one such story.
William Helburn was one of the greatest ad photographers never quite known. His name remained anonymous behind famous ads for Coca-Cola, Buick, Revlon and Max Factor. He brought out the plush side of Kodachrome and surprised the American public with sexy humor. The credit is long overdue, but a recent book pays tribute to Helburn's vibrant career.
Really want to bring your film photos to life? We’re now offering totally analogue fine art prints in a host of large sizes and formats! Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.
Humans always seek ways to improve an innovation. In the early days of photography, the project was to introduce color to Mr. Daguerre’s fascinating prints. Transferring reality onto wood or paper was one thing; it was another to produce a vibrant equivalent. Hand painting was an answer to this public demand for color before color photography was even invented.
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.
Situated along the banks of the Ganges, the vibrant city of Varanasi is one of the most important in Hinduism. It is where pilgrims flock to wash their sins in the waters of the great river and hold sacred rituals. During a trip a few years back, flyaway was able to capture scenes unique to this city on film.
As Steve Jobs puts it, "creativity is just connecting things." It's all about tracing one's experiences and pushing the boundaries of what's already known to establish new things. The Lomography community is no stranger to these instances. In fact, the community is filled with brilliant minds who are always ready to refine existing techniques and look for innovative ways to express their visions and ideas. Here are just a few of the creative lomographers we've come to love over the years.
It's a modern utopia, a one-of-a-kind in the world: Brasília. The capital of marvelous Brazil is the wet dream of every architecture aficionado, the masterpiece of Oscar Niemeyer. This architect created an illusion of better living; thus, Brasília was declared an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. This is a homage to lines, curves, and boldness.
Though I am not a professional, photography is in my genes. My father was a photographer and technician in the Air Force and accumulated a number of cameras during his life. This is a story about one of those cameras, a Yashica 635 TLR. I brought the camera—after being in storage for about 55 years—back to life with a roll of Portra 160 during the golden hour at Bellevue Botanical Gardens in Washington.
It's the most wonderful time of the day — Lomography Advent deal time! We're back and at it with a sweet 15% discount on all La Sardina cameras! Already have one? Well get another one, or treat yourself or your friends to any of our plastic bodied cameras using our continued discount today. The more, the merrier!