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 Oscillation are a UK-based Psychedelic space-rock band formed in London in 2006. The band's live shows are a cacophony of growling guitars and hypnotic drum rhythms accompanied by some trippy analogue light shows from experimental filmmaker Julian Hand and light show artist Julian Hand. We gave them an LC-A+ and sent them out into the night! Read on for more.
Vienna is not only the home of the original Petzval Lens; it's also the birthplace of Lomography! Austrian photographer and avid Lomo fan Stefan Joham took some enigmatic shots of the people who live in this beautiful city and spoke to us about his work.
written by Kwyn Kenaz Aquino on 2015-05-05 in #gear#news
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.
Jürgen Bürgin finds pleasure in strolling through the hustle and bustle of the world's biggest cities and shooting street photographs without being recognized. For Lomography, however, the Film PR agent and photographer from Berlin took a different path, literally! We gave him a Lomo LC-A+ camera for his journey to the French Provence and waited in anticipation for his travel pictures away from the big city.
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.
There are things that artist Valeriie Liin can't leave the house without: her earphones, two notebooks, keys to her home in Taiwan, and a little color palette for painting. It's not always that she can paint, though, so for those times she turns to her cameras.
Lomography warmly invites everyone to join us on a trip to Rockaway Beach on Saturday, July 25. We will be conducting a couple of workshops to make sure you're well equipped onyour summer beach escapades.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
Singapore, like Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, is a likely stopover when you fly far. The city is a tiny urbanized hub but it's very favorable if you know some high-spirited locals. I was lucky to hook up with king kimbo (@hakimbo), who showed me around. He took my lame limbs to the Gardens by the Bay, an amazing place which was visually striking. I was hugging some artificial trees there when I found a baby—a very big baby.