In the year 2011, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the first color snapshot of history. Want to know who did, what and where it was portrayed?
James Clerk Maxwell was a Scottish physicist who showed the result of the first color photograph in one of his classes at King’s College London. Thus the May 17, 1861, during a class on color theory, Maxwell showed a color picture made by his assistant Thomas Sutton.
The technique used was none other than transparencies overlay 3 of 3 images taken in black and white. Each of these images they had applied a different color filter (red, green or blue). The result as we all know, a color image of the photographed object (in this first occasion was a piece of scottish cloth (plaid).
This technique may seem archaic, but keep in mind that until very recently (80´s) this was the way used to send color images from anywhere in the world by cable. The system is based on Maxwell’s technique of separating the colors magenta, cyan and yellow. Each image was sent by the agencies in three black and white images. Each of them had to be subsequently applying a color filter to finally unite in perfect alignment.
Another pioneer of color was the Russian Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky. In the early twentieth century, the czar ordered to depart to photograph the land, people and culture of the empire. Sergei made a color photo to the Emir of Bukhara. Along with the image attached three black and white copies that subsequently used to apply color filters and overlapping them. This image of the Emir has 100 years, but as the colors do not appear. There are about two thousand negatives of this technique, made by Prokudin-Gorsky.
Both Maxwell and Sergei, we owe color photography today.
An experimental streak is the fuel of borderless, intriguing and rebellious art. It's what Lomography toasts to in photography and beyond. In 2015, we had a grand time talking to artists who expand our notions of creativity.
We tidy up the house when we know visitors are coming. It’s not just common courtesy. Our homes represent how we live and how we want to be seen. More than that, the arrangement of furniture and ornaments may influence what we do during our downtime. Want hush or energy? Try the color palettes, textures and shapes in these curated blogs.
You won't believe what we have in store for you with the launch of our newest mystery product. What a crazy idea, they thought. It can't be done, they said. But at Lomography, we know that there's a first time for everything. So we've decided to travel back in time and have a quick look at some of the unbelievable ‘firsts’ of photographic history. Could these milestones have anything to do with our mystery product?
We can only imagine what the past was like. Experiment-ready film photographers often recreate it in rose-colored filters and tints. On the other hand, some artists reimagine old photos by manually coloring them.
North or South, East or West - in every corner of Germany you can find analog photography lovers. Lomography brings them together and shows their pictures to a worldwide community. With this rumble we want to get to know you a little better. Show Lomography and fotoforum where you come from, capture your hometown on film and win a one-year subscription of fotoforum magazine as well as a Lomo LC-A 120 camera. Please note: This competition is only for users from Germany, Austria or Switzerland.
Women have played an important role in the history of photography, so it's no wonder they're a popular subject for filmmakers. To celebrate this year's International Women's Day, we've made a list of movies with female photographers whose work intersects with their personal lives.
We constantly search far and wide, meticulously seek out, hunt down, and hand-pick some of the most experimental and alternative gear out there - and we've now gathered them all in one easy to browse shop category, ready for the picking! In the Lomo-Bazaar, you canalso be part of our process of collecting fresh new products, rare treasures, and crowd-funded creations to sell on the shop - after all, they’re all for you! Get in touch with us to share your suggestions for amazing gear - go on, we’re all ears!
Would you rather lose your vision or your hearing? As photographers, we might choose the latter without a second thought, especially while viewing the festival photos that photographer Mart Vares captured with the New Petzval 85 Lens. Still, who doesn’t love the pleasant mechanical shutter sound of an old SLR that makes us commit to analog photography? While following the Nordic delegation at this years Waves Central Europe, we caught up with the Estonian band, Würffel, whose songs leave us feeling equally delighted.
All throughout the year, the community had been an endless source of inspiration for photography projects, photo shoot ideas, and radical experiments. In the front line of such creative endeavors are these passionate lomographers who never cease to amaze us with their impressive snapshots and innovative concepts. We proudly present the most trending LomoHomes of 2015.
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Ever wanted to reproduce the mood of alternative photography but find the materials too costly? Worry no more, we have a list of films to give you unique coloring and a distinct, life-in-retrospect look.
This year marks Alison Scarpulla's 10th year in film photography. The 26-year-old photographer, who is based in Ohio, took a trip with her friends throughout the south west and coastal west of America. This journey is soon to be released as a book, and Alison kindly shared with us a preview.
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