Poignant and gritty. This iconic photograph from the Vietnam War says so much with so little.
A soldier on duty smilingly looks at the camera up above as the photographer takes the shot. It’s simple, maybe even trivial but what’s really noticeable is the handwritten slogan on his helmet saying “War is Hell.” It’s a fitting title to the photograph shot by one of the world’s most talented photojournalists Horst Faas. Faas extensively covered the Vietnam War and documented the ongoing battle. This photograph was one of many pictures he took during his time on the field. The legendary photojournalist won the 1965 Pulitzer Prize for his photos.
The rakishly handsome soldier pictured was identified as Larry Wayne Chaffin. Wearing his curt smile and a helmet that freely expressed his feeling towards the war, Chaffin’s showed exactly how wars are waged – with lives of people who oppose it.
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Our intention with the Influential Photographs columns is not to glorify or demean the subject of the photo. Our intention with this column is to highlight the most influential analogue photographs of history. The photographs we feature are considered icons, for their composition, subject matter, or avant-garde artistic value.
In the wake of the news that Microsoft no longer supports the Windows XP operating system, people have started to look back at the serene photograph that became iconic for adorning computer screens around the world. However, perhaps, not many know that this famous photograph was shot on film and not digitally manipulated in any way.
Horst P. Horst was a fashion photographer who became famous for his striking use of composition and lighting. His photographs depict sheer and timeless beauty. The Victoria and Albert Museum is celebrating Horst's work with a retrospective exhibition of photographs from his prolific career. Lomography has teamed up with the V&A to give YOU the chance to win amazing prizes including tickets to see the exhibition, a book of his photographs and a Diana F+ Colette. Read on to find out more.
Many photographers have taken numerous portraits of Marilyn Monroe throughout the blonde bombshell's career, and perhaps among the best known of these are the portraits taken by the equally renowned Alfred Eisenstaedt. This installment of Influential Photographs looks back at the portrait series by the legendary German photographer and offers a glimpse at some of his contact prints!
While her face can't be seen in the photo, one look at the iconic shot and many will immediately say that it's Marilyn Monroe singing "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy in 1962. Read on to find out more about this historic and influential photograph!
This is a tribute to Juergen Teller, a great fashion photographer who continues to work with analogue cameras. In the 1990s he radically changed the way to make fashion photography. His models appear "soap and water", without heavy make-up, and his images seem taken like an amateur photographer. Between his nice works, there is a photos that I like so much, taken in Cuba and called "The Girl with the Broken Nose." Take a look after the jump!
Susanna Brown is the Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She curated the exhibition "Horst: Photographer of Style" as well as recent V&A shows "Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography" and "Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton." We lent her an LC-A+ to test out her own photography skills and asked her a few questions about this fascinating job.
Steffen Böttcher's blog is already home to some very beautiful portraits taken with the New Petzval Lens. But the Petzval does so much more than just taking beautiful portraits; Böttcher recently took the lens with him on a mobile home adventure across the South of France. Find out more about the German photographer and his road trip in this exclusive interview.
At this day and age, it's always a delight to know that analogue photography is still very much alive and well. In London, Labyrinth Photographic Printing celebrates this art by holding an annual exhibition of film photographs by various photographers.
This week's LomoGuru is perhaps one of the most active members of our Community. Aside from regularly updating his LomoHome with wonderful photographs, he also sets aside time to meet and share insights with his fellow lomographers by attending various lomowalks and lomo-exhibitions. Let's cheer for our latest LomoGuru from Germany, Christoph Maas, also known in the Community as mapix!
The story between the Spinner 360 and I goes way back to the year 2010, when Lomography decided to send me a beta model of the Spinner 360 to test. It was a complete surprise! I thought, "What the hell is that?" as I first took this camera out of the package. Then, when my little brother grabbed it from me and pulled the cord, it buzzed and turned 360°! We all had the same expression: "Whoa..."