“A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.” - Helen Keller
Triumphing over disabilities and inspiring millions, Helen Keller continues to be one of the most inspiring figures in the world. Using her disabilities as an advantage, Keller became a role model for people who also shared the same life with her. Keller was left permanently blind and deaf due to a fever when she was a just a child. Keller rose above her disabilities by learning to read and write and she graduated magna cum laude from Radcliffe College.
Keller helped the blind and the deaf as she traveled around the world to give lectures. She also wrote books and articles despite the loss of her sight and hearing. In this photo shot in 1953 during a visit to the White House, Keller is seen guiding her hand over then U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower to see the president in the flesh. The photograph was shot by photographer Charles Corte and included Keller’s long-time companion and translator Polly Thomson who signaled the president’s comments by drawing sign language on her palm.
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.
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!
Sonia pushed the Petzval lens test one step further by shooting with expired black and white film. The results are amazing, and the grain gave life to these beautiful Petzval portraits! Learn more about this photographer and her love for films, and catch a glimpse of her photos, taken in romantic Paris.
An enthusiast of alternative photographic processes, in 2012 An Zuriel set up the "Dutch Alternative Photography" website to connect enthusiasts and share information, not just in the Netherlands but worldwide. We get the scoop on her work plus a step-by-step guide on her three favourite alternative photographic processes!
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.
In summer last year, my sister and her lover exchanged "I do's" after five colorful years of happiness and making future plans. It was the perfect occasion to grab some of my cameras and eternalize one of the most beautiful days not only of her life, but also mine.
When visiting Sevilla, there is a place that I think you shouldn't miss. It is not often mentioned in tourist guides, but I found it to be a highlight of the city: The Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo.
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There's a certain air of sadness in Nishe's portraits. More often than not, the faces of her subjects are either partially or completely hidden. Sad, yes, but undeniably beautiful. Melancholia, as well as loss of innocence and the pains of growing up, are recurring themes in the photographer's body of work and she presents all these quite gracefully.
For the first time in the brief history of the Awesome Albums series, we put the spotlight on not one, not even two, but three impressive albums by a fellow lomographer! If you haven't been to Venice, Italy to see and experience their famed Carnival, we're sure the beautiful photos you'll find after the jump will make you think about what you've been missing!
Hello, fellow lomographers! To be honest, ever since I started working last year, I haven't been able to write a single analogue lifestyle piece. But today I decided to write something about my days, especially about my weekend in Bandung. It's not much but I take it as the start of a new beginning in writing all over again here. So, here's my weekend in Bandung!
James Nader is a UK-based Fashion and Editorial photographer. He started his career in photography shooting with film, processing and developing his work by hand. He now works on high end fashion shoots and has photographed the likes of Dita Von Teese and Richard Branson. James still has a passion for film photography and uses it regularly. We lent him a Petzval lens to shoot with and he has kindly given us a full, in depth review of this beautiful portrait lens. Say hello to James Nader.
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.