Come and have a look at some camera ads from the 1940s! A time when color photography was still young and only gradually becoming a part of everyone's lives!
Compared to the advertisement campaigns companies are coming out today, advertisements from the 1940s are refreshingly different. They are by far not as blunt and “in your face” as what is thrown at us today, but rather they seem more considerate and respectful to the reader.
Ads today are mostly about effective graphics and catchy slogans. In the 1940s, the approach was quite different: companies tried to merely persuade the reader to buy their product by advertising it in elaborated texts, accompanied by somewhat cheesy pictures of a perfect family. Maybe this is because all that counts today are superficial looks and “style” whereas the camera buyer in the 1940s was more interested in the features of a particular camera. It’s quite striking how back then, what seemed to be important was taking pictures of your family and conserving those memories. Today, however, looking good among your friends and being able to take good pictures at parties and such are what’s featured on most consumer point-and-shoot camera advertisements.
So please lean back and join me in taking a journey back to the 1940s when picking out a camera was based on features rather than life style. Or maybe it wasn’t after all…?
The new year is still young, but it seems as if it'll be over quickly. My organizer is already filled with entries until June. 2015 will probably be worse than 2014 when it comes to having time off so I could take some analogue shots. Anyway, there are some photography-related things that I really want to get done. It is probably best to set some goals if I only have very limited time.
After taking my baby steps into the wonderful world of Lomography, it was only a matter of time that I begin trying out not only the cameras in the catalogue but also photography techniques and other tips and hacks that fellow lomographers here in the community have generously shared with everyone.
The Zenit MF-1 is an authentic part of the Soviet intelligence arsenal. With a tiny body packed full of fantastic features, this subminiature camera is the choice for espionage missions. With only a handful being produced each year, nows your chance to grab hold of this fine piece of photographic equipment! Grab a piece of Soviet analogue history, this tiny camera was the choice for espionage back in the days! Exclusive shipment from Vienna, Austria
Last Sunday, the local rugby team Rugby Como played the first match of the 2014-1025 season. Rugby is my favorite sport to photograph, and for some years I've been documenting almost every home match of this young team. This time I used a 1959 Zorki 5 camera with a vintage 1958 Industar-50 lens loaded with a timeless film, the Ilford HP5+ developed in a century-old developer, the mythical Rodinal. Take a look after the jump!
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.
A simple yet elegant looking camera, the Dacora Digna was a medium format camera from the 1950s that was offered with various lenses and leaf shutters. Find out more about this vintage beauty in this installment of Lomopedia!
Stenoflex lets you reproduce the single steps of black and white photography, from taking photos to printing. It is a simple box pierced with a tiny pinhole to allow light to enter. Put a sheet of photosensitive paper (included) inside the darkroom and expose it to your subject.
It looks like it’s time to get out the cameras and pack your bags. Together with the Shift School Dresden, we offered amazing prizes, including an insider trip to Paris, where you can take part in photography courses and visit the world-famous Paris Photo Tradeshow. Of course, there’s also a ton of Lomography prizes at stake like cameras, accessories and film so that the winner can capture memories from the trip on film. And now to announce the winners!
We may be far from being the jetsetting professional photographers that Steve McCurry and David Alan Harvey already are, but we sure can still learn a thing or two from this video when it comes to packing our photography gear for our own trips!
Thought you can’t get sharp photos with the Diana F+? Think again! With the Diana+ 75mm Premium Glass Lens, you can shoot crisp and clear images with the signature dreamy appeal of the Diana. With our Adaptors you can even make it work on your Nikon & Canon dSLR!
Celebrated artist Pablo Picasso had his brush with photography when he was still alive, both in front of the camera and behind it. Find out the details of an ongoing exhibit featuring his photographic work after the jump.
The Lomo LC-A is a great camera to bring during festivals, on vacation, or even when you’re just walking around looking for some street photography opportunities. But do you know that it can also do waters for underwater photography?