Memorial "Khatyn" is a tribute to the nearly 3 million Belarusians who perished during the Great Patriotic War. It is located 54 km northeast of Minsk in the Logoisk district, Minsk region.
Until one fateful day in March 1943, Khatyn was a normal, peaceful Belarusian village of 26 households. On the morning of March 22, 1943 guerrillas fired at a German convoy from 6km away.
Hans Otto Woellke, a German officer, was killed in a shootout (he was an Olympic champion in 1936 in shot put and a favorite of Hitler). Soon after that, chasteners surrounded Khatyn. They were herded into a barn – old people, women, and children, locked up and burned. The fire killed 149 people including 75 children. From the flaming building, only one person managed to escape alive, 56-year-old Joseph Kaminsky. He tried to save his wounded son, but couldn’t. The history of Khatyn is not unique. During the Second World War, people were burned alive in 628 Belarusian villages. 186 of them have not been recovered. Khatyn became a symbol of the tragedy of the Belarusian people. In 1969, in memory of all those killed on the spot, the Belarusians’ former village was opened on Memorial. Memorial complex “Khatyn” – a tragic reminder of the horrors of war. This is one of the most revered places in Belarus.
The memorial replicates the layout of the deceased village. In the center of the complex is 6-foot bronze sculpture of “Unsubdued.” The image of a man with a dead boy in his arms was created in memory of Joseph Kaminski and his son. Black-roof slab marks the spot on the barn for the burned people of Khatyn. Near their mass grave, there is a symbolic wreath with words of memory. At the site of each of the 26 burned homes – there is a monument-frame within the obelisk in the form of the chimney with a bell. The bells ring every hour. At each obelisk – a board with names of residents of the burned houses. Beyond the “houses” is situated memorial – Cemetery of Belarusian villages. Near the cemetery is The Wall of Sorrows of reinforced concrete block with niches in which there is a memorial plate with the name 66 of the largest sites of death camps and mass mortality. The memorial area, which grows in the center of three birch trees, symbolizing life, and in place of the fourth is the eternal flame, which is a symbol of those killed in the war years. Near the Tree of Life is a list of 433 villages burned by invaders and restored after the war.
This article is a tribute to a great Italian poet, painter and photographer, Mario Giacomelli (1925-2000). His images are characterized by a strong graphic contrast and are related to suffering and decay in our world. In this article I pay tribute to his photographic series taken at the Sanctuary of Lourdes in France. Read more after the jump!
The French photographer Bruno Barbey took a series of photos in Southern Italy in the '60s, many of these in the city of Naples. In this tribute to a great master of social and street photography, I'll show you a series of photos that I took in the islands of Ischia and Procida located a few kilometers from this wonderful city. Read more after the jump!
This article is a tribute to the photojournalist Bernard Cahier, the greatest Formula 1 photographer known as the "Cartier-Bresson of Motor Racing" for his great ability in capturing the right moment. Here, I'll feature a series of photos that I took at the Monza Grand Prix with a timeless black and white film! Take a look after the jump!
Photos shot with a New Petzval lens are immediately recognizable for their super-sharp focus areas and wonderful swirly bokeh effect. Each New Petzval lens is crafted from brass (just like the original Petzval lens) and features premium glass optics. Together with Lomography, the lenses have been designed and constructed by a team of optics specialists at the Zenit factory in Russia. Zenit are master lens manufacturers and have the skill to build the Petzval lens for use with today’s SLR cameras.
This article shows many joyful people hanging out in the parks of my city, Como, and enjoying their free time in a friendly way. It's also a tribute to a great social photographer: Willy Ronis. This is also an hymn to frieendhip, love, and all peacefully outdoor activities. Read more after the jump!
We had a staggering 1110 entries to this rumble. We have picked our way through all of them and were very inspired by the quality of all your photos! It was a real challenge narrowing it down to just 3 winners. Find out who won this great competition.
The best way to see a city is with eyes wide open and a panoramic camera in hand. The Spinner 360 is a great piece of equipment for anyone who loves to travel or the photographer who appreciates capturing a nice wide view.
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.
To complement “David Bowie is,” a touring retrospective exhibit organized by The Victoria and Albert Museum, London that revolves around the prolific career of David Bowie and is currently ongoing at the Museum of Image and Sound (MIS) in São Paulo, Brazil, the MIS as part of its Stereo MIS series of musical projects, held a David Bowie Tribute concert featuring a few of Brazil’s homegrown talents earlier this month. Letícia Godoy, a photographer for the museum and one of our Kickstarter Petzval supporters, documented the highlights of the concert with the help of the Lomography x Zenit Petzval Lens, and here is a gallery of her photos.
Derek Woods is an Los Angeles-based photographer who previously got involved in a controversy surrounding a photo that was used in the opening credits of the HBO TV series "True Detective." Coincidentally, Woods happens to be a member of the Lomo community, and it became vital to interview him regarding the issue. The interview was successful and was published in May last year. His current project, 365 of Lomography, will chronicle his day-to-day exploits with Lomography cameras. To jog your memory, and to re-acquaint you with Woods, we are republishing our interview with the controversial photographer. Please take note that some of the photos are NSFW.
Are you searching for a different camera to document your outdoor life in the sunny days of spring or in the incoming summer season? Well, the funny Sprocket Rocket is a great camera - it's simple to use and capable of interesting results. Read more after the jump!
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!
Roberto wanted to get redscale films during his visit to a Lomography shop in Amsterdam. Due to some twist of fate, the shop did not have stocks of it at that time. So, he ended getting rolls of Lomography Color Negative 400 instead.
Little did he know, this film is what he exactly needs to have a complete Lomography experience. Read on to find out more about robertofiuza and his Weapon of Choice - Lomography Color Negative 400!
The New Petzval Lens is not only known for its elegant brass exterior, but most importantly for the swirly bokeh effect it can bring to photographs. It makes a great portrait lens and performs exceptionally when taking photos of subjects against textured or lit backgrounds, day or night. And it does all these, in wet or dry weather; in any season – winter, spring, summer, or fall.
Coinciding with the relaunch of the Lomography community website is the debut of one of the Magazine's newest series, Meet the Innovators. Here, we'll be talking to some of the game changers in the field of photography to get a closer look on what they do as well as find out their personal insights. For our opening salvo we proudly introduce Cat Ong, Lomography's very own Head of Optic Product Development who counts the research and development of the LC-A family, Russar and Petzval Art Lenses, Diana F+, and Lomo'Instant, among many others, as some of his projects.