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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.

The grand meeting room at LOMO PLC in St Petersburg.

Despite the unexpected surprise of being greeted by a horde of photo enthusiastic Lomographers, Nikolay Shustov diligently did his job and invited the senior Lomographers to LOMO PLC in St Petersburg. They happily accepted the invitation. In the last two years they had searched all the photo and junk shops of the former Eastern bloc buying up their remaining LOMO LC-A stock and had a desire, driven by their characteristic curiosity and thirst for knowledge, to see what lay concealed behind the melodious name LOMO PLC’s head quarters. After the opening night of the exhibition in Moscow and the unexpected appearance of Nikolay Shustov, the Lomographers missed their morning flight to New York. The ceremonial opening act in the Big Apple took place without the main organizers and they weren’t on the return flight from New York to Vienna either. Instead, Moscow and the train journey to St Petersburg had taken precedence. The Viennese group finally turned up in the biting cold office of the PR chairman Lazar Semyonovich Zalmanov and exchanged pleasantries with this important man.

Herr Lazar Semyonovich Zalmanov chews over the contracts.

As the proud owner of a LOMO LC-A and artistically-minded member of the local amateur poets club Lazar Zalmanov was completely well disposed to Lomography. Above all he liked the fact that a Russian product was “hip” in the West, whereas in Russia the good old Soviet production was scorned by the young and only Western products were “hip”. Lazar and the Lomographers, who had found that the little LOMO LC-A was so wonderfully suitable for their adventurous snapshots, hit it off straight away.

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.

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