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  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 41: 1900-1914 The First Optical Works of Russia

    LC-A Big Book Chapter 41: 1900-1914 The First Optical Works of Russia
    Production increased quickly and the quality of the optical devices went up almost monthly. More and more workers were assigned and products, ranging from optical lenses and binoculars to spyglasses and periscopes to rangefinders, gained wide popularity with the military and citizenry alike. The attitude of the later LOMO PLC works was already starting to evolve.
  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 58: Privatisation: Steering LOMO PLC Towards the Open Market

    LC-A Big Book Chapter 58: Privatisation: Steering LOMO PLC Towards the Open Market
    The preparations for the privatisation of the company were then made under Klebanov’s shrewd command. A Privatisation Committee was set up, restructuring processes were finalised and the American consultant company McKinsey was hired to advise the LOMO PLC managers on the entry to the new market.
  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 37: The Colibri Manufacturers in China

    LC-A Big Book Chapter 37: The Colibri Manufacturers in China
    In the beginning the Colibri Manufacturers didn’t have it easy finding enough new and good employees. As a result of the large economic boom in China many experts and engineers migrated to bigger cities such as Beijing, Shanghai or Shenzhen. However, the majority of people were not motivated merely by a good salary and so preferred to stay loyal to their old jobs and remain in their towns. Production of the LOMO LC-A+ was therefore steady from Autumn 2006 onwards but at a lower level.
  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 29: Problems with the Black Market

    LC-A Big Book Chapter 29: Problems with the Black Market
    Advertisements appeared in various newspapers and on internet sites, publicising brand new LOMO LC-A’s for low prices. The question was: where were these people getting these new cameras from, on the Russian black market? How was it possible since the Lomographic Society was not only the sole purchaser of the camera but also exclusive worldwide distributor? Steps had to be taken because the illegal trade of the cameras was naturally harming the legitimate market and was certainly not approved by the LOMO PLC senior management, nor understandably by the Lomographers themselves.
  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 28: Babushkas and Lomo Embassies in St. Petersburg

    LC-A Big Book Chapter 28: Babushkas and Lomo Embassies in St. Petersburg
    “Do I look like a grandmother?”A doctor twice over, executive chairman of LOMO PLC, who had worked for more than 30 years at the company, Aleksandr Aronov had few similarities to a “Babuschka”. Holding the fax in his hand, he could hardly believe his eyes; it stated that a member of the Lomographic Society had alleged to a writer in a Chicago newspaper that the LOMO LC-A was being manufactured by grandmothers in the factory halls in St Petersburg who wore head scarves and were wrapped in shawls.
  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 57: Perestroika, Glasnost, and the Split of the Soviet Union

    LC-A Big Book Chapter 57: Perestroika, Glasnost, and the Split of the Soviet Union
    After the Soviet Union officially split up in 1991, the borders were opened to the West and many former Soviet companies found themselves confronted with totally new and unfamiliar circumstances. Until the 1990s, Soviet enterprises received detailed directives from Moscow; when and how to do something, to whom finished products should be delivered to and what tasks had to be fulfilled on what day.
  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 55: MIR Space Equipment, Movie Cameras, Video Recorders, and TV Sets

    LC-A Big Book Chapter 55: MIR Space Equipment, Movie Cameras, Video Recorders, and TV Sets
    Besides the many advancements in camera development that paved the way for the most celebrated of all LOMO PLCcameras, the LOMO LC-A, the LOMO PLC workers did not rest and were busily improving their products and inventing new devices.
  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 25: The More the Lomographers, the Less the Lomo LC-A's

    LC-A Big Book Chapter 25: The More the Lomographers, the Less the Lomo LC-A's
    The Lomographers wandered around the International Tourismus Börse ITB (International Tourism Fair) going from one stand to the next. The impending end of production of their beloved camera had left them extremely disheartened but suddenly in the distance they caught a glimpse of an old acquaintance.
  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 31: The Final End of Lomo LC-A Production

    LC-A Big Book Chapter 31: The Final End of Lomo LC-A Production
    After 2000, the LOMO LC-A continued to be produced but constant price increases were becoming the norm. Continued production was becoming more difficult day by day, and both the Lomographers and the LOMO LC-A found workers of LOMO PLC were becoming more and more disheartened. An early end to production was foreseeable and the future of the small camera was becoming more uncertain by the day.
  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 14: The 27th Communist Party Congress

    LC-A Big Book Chapter 14: The 27th Communist Party Congress
    Rapid changes in the history of the Soviet Union in the '80s had a radical impact on the LOMO PLC factories in St Petersburg, and of course, with the production of the LOMO LC-A. The 27th Communist Party Congress which took place in Moscow may have been the last but it was made more memorable with the help of the LOMO LC-A camera.
  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 15: Relocation of the Production to the Filiale

    LC-A Big Book Chapter 15: Relocation of the Production to the Filiale
    In 1986 the complete production of the Lomo Kompakt Automat was transferred from the main LOMO PLC factories, otherwise known as the “Home Base”, to these nearby works.
  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 18: The Fax to St. Petersburg

    LC-A Big Book Chapter 18: The Fax to St. Petersburg
    Meanwhile, in St Petersburg. Some of the rare sun rays penetrated the somewhat neglected double window on the second floor of the LOMO PLC offices and caused the manager of the newly established Public Relations Department, Lazar Semyonovich Zalmanov, to squint. “What on earth did the comrade from the marketing department send me here for?” he asked himself while he re-read the fax he had recently received. “Public Relations boss Zalmanov, this may be of interest to you” wrote the Deputy Head of the marketing department.
  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 17: The Lomographers are Coming

    LC-A Big Book Chapter 17: The Lomographers are Coming
    Due to the major changes in the then Soviet Union at the start of the nineties, the LOMO PLC factories encountered difficulties in dealing with the new environment that they had to live in and the once healthy business that the LOMO PLC used to enjoy started to suffer from a sudden decline. However, all was not lost for the beloved LOMO LC-A when a group of Viennese students "discovered" the once popular camera and brought it to their student flat in Vienna.
  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 19: 300 Cameras in the Vienna Headquarters

    LC-A Big Book Chapter 19: 300 Cameras in the Vienna Headquarters
    The first sales contract for the one-off order of 300 cameras was signed and the Austrian Delegation said their friendly farewells to the Russians. They had no idea what the future still held. On leaving, Lazar casually disclosed to the Lomographers that the Christmas production of the LOMO LC-A was finally coming to an end. He wished the pale Lomographers a safe journey and went into the office of the then Director General Ilya Iosifovich Klebanov in order to report to him about the unusual visit. Upon observing the approaching Viennese group through the windowpane, with their leather coats and long hair, the former boss of the Filiale production halls and good future friend of the Lomographers had refused outright to have a meeting with the utterly nonbusiness-like young men.
  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 22: We Want More LOMO LC-A’s Temporary Discontinuation of Production

    LC-A Big Book Chapter 22: We Want More LOMO LC-A’s Temporary Discontinuation of Production
    Sadly, despite combined efforts – the Lomographers were ready to raise the purchase price against the US Dollar – the new calculations were nonetheless disappointing. The Lomographers would be required to pay an unaffordable unit price to ensure that production even in minimum quantities would still be profitable for LOMO PLC.
  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 21: We Want More Lomo LC-A's! Tough Negotiations in St. Petersburg

    LC-A Big Book Chapter 21: We Want More Lomo LC-A's! Tough Negotiations in St. Petersburg
    In October 1995, when the Lomographers then asked for 3,000 cameras per month, an unexpected answer came from the Russians: “As we are delivering the cameras these will cost 50% more per camera“. What! How on earth was this possible? What looked so simple from the free-market perspective of the Austrians (at last the cameras were selling like hotcakes), was unfortunately much more complicated in St Petersburg.
  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 27: The Turn of the Millenium: The Lomo Embassy in St. Petersburg and the 15 Year Contract

    LC-A Big Book Chapter 27: The Turn of the Millenium: The Lomo Embassy in St. Petersburg and the 15 Year Contract
    At the end of 1999 discussions in St Petersburg arose again on the topic of whether to stop selling the LOMO LC-A directly from the factory and in the LOMO PLC in-house shop in St. Petersburg. This was settled in a contract in 1997, which the Russians resisted up until the very end. It would be no great loss to LOMO PLC to stop selling the camera.
  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 42: 1914-1920 Communism and the First Cinema Projector of the Union

    LC-A Big Book Chapter 42: 1914-1920 Communism and the First Cinema Projector of the Union
    In June 1918, the first domestic motion picture projector “Rus” was unveiled. It was used in many small remote villages far away from the centres of power and allowed many brave Russians to enjoy the pleasure of Russian cinema. It is very probable that many projections of Sergej. M. Eisenstein's famous film “Bronenosetz Potemkin” (Battleship Potemkin) have been shown on the “Rus” or other LOMO PLC-produced projectors across the whole country.
  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 24: Production of the LOMO LC-A is Resumed

    LC-A Big Book Chapter 24: Production of the LOMO LC-A is Resumed
    Only two partners were not against the continued production of the LOMO LC-A. The photo production manager Olga Tsvetkova (the LOMO LC-A was her only product and passion) and Lazar Zalmanov from the PR department. As the only LOMO PLC intern, Lazar believed in the great marketing potential of Lomography and saw a unique possibility from this that the name LOMO PLC could be circulated throughout the world as beyond the Russian borders it was relatively unknown. But how could he make this hardened team of economists understand these “soft facts”?
  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 44: 1930: Fotokor, LOMO PLC’s First Mass Produced Photo Camera

    LC-A Big Book Chapter 44: 1930: Fotokor, LOMO PLC’s First Mass Produced Photo Camera
    So it came to be that in 1929 the Director General himself, L.G. Titov, brought home a Zeiss Icon Maximar folding camera, showed it to his astounded wife and told her in firm belief: “We Russians need similar photographic equipment to document our lives, and it will be GOZ who will make the very first Russian camera for the masses!”