In a record breaking six months after the signing of the contract and the engineering start date in April 2006 the first new LOMO LC-A+ lay in the hands of the Chinese engineer – and it worked! However only to begin with only. Further prototypes of the camera were then manufactured and sent to Vienna.
Then the cameras were rigorously tested in all kinds of conditions and locations. Problem reports were written, reports were sent to China and the last few changes were made. After another six months of the testing and production phase in September 2006 the first LOMO LC-A+ cameras from China were presented to the world and sold worldwide with its mass produced transplanted heart (= Minitar 1 Lens). Since June 2007 the Chinese have also been producing the Minitar 1 lens – thus you can choose between a LOMO LC-A+ with a Russian lens and a Chinese LOMO LC-A+ with a Chinese lens. Needless to say the cleverly introduced Chinese copy of the Minitar 1 is already part of the LOMO LC-A+, and the new lens delivers 98% of the same results as its Russian original. So that’s the story behind the small camera, which first began its journey in St Petersburg on engineer Mikhail Grigorievich Kholomyansky’s wooden desk. It continued in the unending vastness of the former Soviet Union, made history at the penultimate Congress of the Communist Party, nearly became extinct, and then accidentally found itself in the trouser pockets and hearts of some inventive Tyroleans who founded Lomography. At present the small camera is being reproduced by Chinese engineers according to the original Russian plans and its story has ended up here, in this book.
However, the Lomographic Society is not taking a break. Even though the LOMO LC-A+ has currently achieved pole position among analogue cameras in the 21st Century, the irresistible drive and further development of analogue photography is set to continue (and if anything, is only at the beginning) and will still bring many surprises.What does the future hold? We’re not giving anything away… what’s certain is that the LOMO LC-A will valiantly continue to have an important role in analogue snapshot photography. We Lomographers don’t doubt that for a second! As long as there are enthusiastic, creative and wild lovers of photography who love the small thing and its extraordinary history just as we do, the LOMO LC-A will live on and our adventure will never end. Lomo on!
The best thing about working for Lomography is having first access to new products. Imagine everyone's excitement when the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens 2.8/32M was delivered to the headquarters in Vienna, where members of the Lomography team took turns testing this tiny yet powerful optic on various cameras. Meanwhile, Tom Bates from Marketing teased out the idyllic and colorful possibilities of shooting with the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 lens on a trip to the UK countryside.
Kevin Meredith, more popularly known as LomoKev, is a photographer based in Brighton, England who gained notoriety for his use of the Lomo LC-A and his lomographic style of creating images. Aside from a plethora of personal and commercial projects, he has also conducted workshops on photography, written and published photography-related books, and participated in a few exhibits. With his evident passion for photography, it comes as no surprise that he was selected to test a prototype of the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens.
In case you missed it, Lomography has just unveiled the latest member of its Art Lens family: the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens, which boasts of the same optics that the legendary LC-A camera has and brings the classic Lomographic style not only to analog but also to the digital platform. Over the next few days we'll be sharing with you the first impressions of and photographs taken by members of the Lomography team, who had gone out and put the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 to the test. First up is graphic designer Andrea Cislaghi, who coupled this lens with the Bessa R2 and Sony Alpha 7.
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.
Robin Rimbaud is a UK based artist, record producer, and composer who works under the name "Scanner" in reference to his use of mobile phone signals and police scanners in his early performances. He has worked on soundtracks for films, sound installations, radio, dance and theater. Robin also has a passion for medium format photography, owns a Holga camera and has a unique photographic style. Get to know him in this interview, where he talks about his personal work as well as his experience with the Lomo LC-A 120.
Aside from photography, newcomer Dmitri Berenger enjoys a multitude of hobbies including gardening, watching movies, and discovering music. In this interview, he talks about his photographic style, his inspirations, choosing film cameras over digital gear, and many more.
'Snapshot' was our Tumblr keyword this week. We spent the past few days looking at troves of fresh samples from all corners of the globe. We got lured to the most effortless variety, everyday captures upgraded to showcase compositions. We invite you to look at the ones we bookmarked for future visits.
London based photographer Cat Stevens uses the softer, more subtle aesthetics of film photography throughout her work. Her shoots consist of the familiar light leaks and washed out tones that most film shooters will be familiar with. She has photographed artists such as Deerhunter, PJ Harvey and recently took a series of sun drenched beach shots which adorned The Charlatans' last album cover titled "Modern Nature."
Lomographer Carina, or landei in the community, regards the Sprocket Rocket as a "versatile plastic camera." For her, it doesn't only take great travel snapshots but makes an interesting conversation starter as well. In this interview, Carina expounds more on what makes the Sprocket Rocket her go-to camera.