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Lomography Gets Its Own API!

We've been working on a Lomography API (application programming interface if you are not into acronyms) over the last weeks as a lot of people have asked us for one and we've already thought about creating one for a longer time. Well, it's here now, so read all the details in this article!

Photo by zoezo

So what does an API do? Basically it allows other websites or applications to access all the photos here through predefined calls – see Flickr or Twitter for example. We’ve limited it to several methods for now – for instance getting all the popular photos, all the recent photos, all photos taken in a certain area and photos by camera or film – but will expand these over the next time. See our basic set on api.lomography.com – our first sample application can also be found there.

All photos used through the API must link back to Lomography and the detail view, so your photos won’t appear without context. And commercial use is prohibited of course. But what if you don’t want your photos to appear in the API at all? Obviously all invisible photos won’t show up at all, but you can also opt out from this service in general – in your LomoHome settings there’s a section API Usage – simply uncheck there and your photos won’t be used (in worst case it might take up to two hours until this change takes effect).

Right now we didn’t hand out any API keys (they are needed for usage – this way we can catch up who accessed what), if you want one please contact us with a short note what you want to do (and previous work would be great). Please note: we are only slowly giving out keys as we have to test performance – this is still very beta (but tested).

Let us know what you think! And post any questions and suggestion you might have.

written by recurving


  1. zoezo


    ah cool you used my photo! :-))

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  2. recurving


    @zoezo :)

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  3. floriansimon


    YESSS! finally!

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  4. maxwellmaxen


    i dont really understand. does that mean, that i can post my pictures on tumblr with only a simple click? i woul love that! or, i need that! it's a pain in the ass at the moment..
    maxattacks.tumblr.com ;)

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  5. recurving


    @maxwellmaxen: not really, but we will show a solution for that problem soon!

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  6. maxwellmaxen


    i will soo use it! :D

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  7. mephisto19


    i don't get it, but it is surely nice!!! @recurving you always come up with nice and useful ideas

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  8. herbert-4


    Sounds good, however, I don't do any social networking outside Lomography, anyway.

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  9. madc


    yes! i want that!!

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  10. maxwellmaxen


    alright. i now got it more or less. cool feature!

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  11. recurving


    basically it allows us to build applications more easily, like this one: http://api.lomograph(…).25/popular (showing the most popular photos in LA – and @herbert-4 can be seen right away)… and we though about opening it slowly to other developers so they can come up with nice ideas on how to present the photos (with backlinks of course)…

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  12. superlighter


    I don't understand but I'm adapting :)

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  13. hubo


    What I would love to see is an Android/iphone app ...
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  14. freckleface


    Oh ok so basically it refines our search for photos outside the realm of tags right? Like in this instance I can find completely unrelated photos taken from different people but in the same city. Sounds cool to me :)

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  15. cptsalek


    Yeah, great! I hope you'll add "lab" functionality for it, too, especially uploading images. This would allow all those gallery and photography apps to upload contents to lomography, adding comments and meta data automatically. E.g. Digikam and F-Spot (both open source) come to my mind. :)

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