Are you interested in early photography? Very early photography? How about the first photograph ever taken? It still exists and it is the cornerstone of the Gernsheim Collection in the Harry Ransom center at the University of Texas at Austin.
I was walking through the University with my brother who was visiting from San Diego, California. We decided to go into the recently renovated Harry Ransom center to see an exhibition on Edgar Allen Poe. On the way out something caught my eye. There was a sign with a strange name on it that rung a bell – Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. That’s certainly an odd name – here in the States at least – but I was pretty sure I knew it from something important. I walked over to a very carefully constructed enclosure. It was clearly holding something important, but it was a bit hard to see what it was. At least it didn’t look like much from a distance. I got closer and read the description of the artifact. Imagine my surprise when I realized I was looking at the very first photograph ever taken. The actual one. Not a reproduction – there were a few – not one of his later photographs using the same process. This was the very first one taken in 1826. It’s very hard to see the image if you’re not looking at it from just the right direction, but apparently this is what it originally looked like. The image doesn’t fade, it was just severely underexposed.
You can read an excellent description of how the photo was made, it’s history, how it ended up in Texas, and what their doing to preserve this important piece of history at their web page here
If you’re ever in Austin, you might consider stopping by the University to have a look at this photo if for nothing else just be be able to brag the you’ve seen the very first picture ever taken.
In 1972, the Belgian photographer Harry Gruyaert did a very interesting pop art experiment using a broken color television, producing a very interesting series of blurry and color-altered images. This was a very interesting pre-Lomography experiment worthy of a tribute. Take a look after the jump!
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.
Weeks have passed and yet Germans are still celebrating the victory of their heroic football team. Shortly before the World Cup started, we took notice of an interesting photography project on Kickstarter. Berlin-based sports photographer Ryu Voelkel called for help to create a football photography book like no other. The campaign was successfully funded. Ryu made his way to Brazil and came back with amazing shots including some very special Kodak Aerochrome photographs. Meet Ryu and learn more about him and his special moments at the WC 2014.
For the last year we've been working on the next version of Lomography. We based our work on the feedback you’ve given us over the years and we wanted to share it as early as possible with you and can’t wait to hear what you think. Just one warning first: it is still in development and things can break. All the photos, comments, likes, homes and everything else were transferred as of October 16th, 2014. So anything you do on next.lomography.com won't be reflected on www.lomography.com and vice versa. Once we are done with testing, everything you did here will be deleted again. So this is a big playground for you to explore.
These photographs not only provide a rare glimpse to the Russian Empire as it was more than a hundred years ago, they also are outstanding examples of a now obsolete photography technique. Learn the story behind Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii's photographs and how they were taken after the cut!
For the first time ever, this collection of photographs by Aaron Rose is currently on exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York until August 3, 2014. Won't be at the Big Apple during this time? Don't worry, we've got you covered; get a preview of it right after the jump!
Another quirky-looking analogue snapper from the 1990s, the all-automatic, all-white Olympus Ecru is certainly one of the most interesting and compact cameras you can add to your collection. Find out more about it in this installment of Lomopedia!
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.
Barry Feinstein was a staple name in the rock n' roll photography industry during his time. His iconic photographs of music icon and legend Bob Dylan are just some of his famous images. Now, you can take a closer look at the photographer’s work and see them on prints while they are still on display in the UK.
“51 Fragments of a Wandering Mind” is the first ever feature-length film shot with the LomoKino. Created by filmmaker and street photographer Dustin M Rosemark, it is an experimental documentary film that documents, in a photojournalistic manner, a six-month existential journey in 13 countries. In this exclusive interview, Rosemark shares insight about the film, and talks about his LomoKino experience.
The Science Museum in London is set to play host to a showcase of some of the earliest known images taken by photography pioneers, selected from the collection of the world's oldest surviving photographic society.