Up until the late 60s Lothar Wolleh was one of Germany's most successful commercial photographers. Then he gave it all up.
At the suggestion of a friend, Lothar Wolleh began to create portraits of renowned artists. Until his death in 1979, Wolleh worked on a total of 109 artist portraits. These included: Rene’ Magritte, Henry Moore, Joseph Beuys, Lucio Fontana, Christo and Man Ray.
These portraits formed the core of Wolleh’s photographic achievement. Very often rigorously symmetrical, Wolleh placed the artist at the very centre of the portrait and removed him/her from the studio.
Wolleh also invited the artists to intervene on the portraits he’d taken of them. For this purpose, the photographs were usually transferred to photographic canvas and in this way, a unique symbiosis of art and artistic photography was created.
Either way, whether pre or post intervention, Wolleh’s artist portraits are worth many a glance. I think my favourite one is Christo’s (the one taken with the fisheye lense) but I’m not too sure yet. Which one’s yours?
Photographs with sprocket holes exposed are practically a dime a dozen these days but, of course, this wasn't the case more than 50 years ago. However, former freelance photographer Michael Ciavolino was already able to create one of the earliest examples of this technique back in the early '60s in his groundbreaking photograph called "Boat Ride, Rye Beach." Find out the fascinating story behind this photo, as well as how and why he did it in this exclusive Lomography feature!
This is a tribute to a great Austrian sports photographer, Lothar Rübelt. In an era with no high speed films available, he was able to immortalize wonderful moments in sports - from diving to gymnastics and football. In creating this tribute, I took a series of photos of an amateur football match using expired black and white film developed using an uncommon chemical. Take a look after the jump!
"The Way We Were" is said to be the first major monograph of veteran photographer Julian Wasser, who spent most of the '60s until the '80s photographing in Los Angeles, California. Get a glimpse of his work after the jump!
The Smartphone Film Scanner offers Lomographers and analog lovers a quick, easy and portable way to scan 35mm films. Simply turn on the Smartphone Film Scanner back-light, insert your film, take a photo of it using your Smartphone and use your phone's camera or the specially-developed App (iPhone and Android versions available) to edit and share.
Emma Case is a UK-based alternative wedding photographer. Together with her husband Pete Smyth, she runs a successful business taking beautiful pictures of couples on one of the most important days of their lives! We gave Emma a Petzval Lens for her to test and the results are stunning. Say hello to Emma Case!
"Let it Be," which turns 44 today, gave the public an intimate look at the band's dynamics at the time when their relationships with one another was already strained to almost breaking point. Nevertheless, it remains to be one of The Beatles' most celebrated efforts.
Earlier this year we crowned Keith Vaz of Tropics a Lomoamigo. We gave him a La Sardina to document his travels. Since then he has become a film photography fanatic and has been snapping his adventures around the world. We caught up with him to see what he has been up to.
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!
As the world grieves the death of prolific actor and comedian Robin Williams, photographer Daniel Sorine reveals a number of photographs taken in 1974, showing a pair of mimes hamming it up for the camera. One of them was Williams - only, Sorine was only able to realize this fact more than three decades later.
Moody, dark, and shady, Larry Clark’s “Tulsa” photographs rocked the public when it was released in 1971. Experience its enduring impact in the flesh at the Chrysler Museum of Art until mid-January next year.
Martin's first date with his Lomo LC-A gave him a roll of blurred photographs. It was far from his expectations but it did not stop him from getting that "Lomographic rainbows and unicorns" he desires. Read on to find out more about bugs and his First Lomo Affair with Lomo LC-A!
We recently had the great opportunity to interview our latest LomoAmigo, Tim Kerr. While his repertoire stretches back to the late 1970's and includes that of musician, artist, painter, photographer, skater and many other things, he just prefers Tim! We gave him a La Sardina DIY, which he not only added his own style to, but shot some excellent photos with as well. Rife with candid and thoughtful answers, we expect everyone will glean a nugget of wisdom and leave with a smile.
The master photographer who was invited personally by Robert Capa to join Magnum Photos had the privilege of photographing who’s who in the celebrity world. This book, however, shows a mellow side of Stock, as he puts the relaxed vibe of '60s California in focus.