Photography and mystery take center stage in this cult classic by Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni.
“Blow-Up” was released in 1966 and was Antonioni’s first English language film. “Blow-Up” was historical in its own way, as its unabashed depiction of sex and drugs during the Swinging Sixties in London challenged, and eventually said to have contributed to its abolishment, the then-existing strict Production Code in the United States. “Blow-Up” tells a day-in-a-life story of a successful but rather egoistic fashion photographer during this era, supposedly based on the legendary British fashion photographer David Bailey, and his unwitting involvement in what may or may not be a murder when he took photos of a couple having a rendezvous at a park.
What’s fascinating about “Blow-Up” is that it’s neither just a depiction of the hedonistic life lived by some people back then nor was it a simple thriller. Sure, the photographer thinks it’s a body that he saw in the grainy, black and white blow-up images of his snapshots, and he actually sees for himself a corpse when he returns to that same spot during the night to investigate. But despite these, he remains distraught and unsure of what he’s seeing. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s pretty interesting how the film ended on an ambiguous note – there wasn’t really any effort to answer any questions that arose during the entire duration of the film. It’s obviously a matter of taste because some would prefer otherwise, but I think it’s exactly what would hook the audience in because it would lead them to create conclusions for themselves.
Curious? Here’s the trailer to get you started:
All stills in this feature were sourced from FilmGrab.
The paintings of Rembrandt van Rijn and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio are known for their mastery of brightness and contrast in portraiture or scenery. Their influence on the visual arts has extended even to photography. In this capsule lesson, we tackle the principle of chiaroscuro, a technique used by the Renaissance artists to master light and shadow.
Starring Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett and Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara, CAROL is the beautiful new movie by acclaimed director Todd Haynes. To celebrate its release in cinemas on November 27 we have some great prizes to be won including our Lomo’instant Sanremo camera, 5 x copies of Vivian Maier’s Street Photography book, 10 x pairs of cinema tickets to see this fantastic film and x 10 Carol posters!
At first, Skyler only visited the Lomography website to take a look at sample photographs taken with different point-and-shoot cameras. Seeing the immense focus given by the community to film photography and experimentation, two things she absolutely loves, she immediately signed up and started her own LomoHome. In this interview, she talks about her go-to camera, the difference between digital and film photography and more.
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This article is dedicated to the Czech photographer, Josef Koudelka, and his book, "Gypsies," a classic in documentary photography. "Gypsies" contains a series of images Koudelka took between 1962 and 1971 in the former Czechoslovakia, Romania, Hungary, France, and Spain. Here, he was able to masterfully depict the simplicity of the gypsy lifestyle, never presenting their situation as a social problem but instead showing their lives as a mix of joyfulness and wonder, sorrow and mystery.
Our friends over at Alternative Photography and Dutch Alternative Photography have come up with a survey on non-mainstream photographic processes. Take part in this survey and share your two cents’ worth.
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Papajay is a Hong Kong-based film director who joined the LomoKino Festival in 2013. An expert at shooting movies using film, Papajay still shoots using Super 8 and Super 16 cameras for his film projects. This time, he tried a very rare medium for film-making — LomoChrome Purple 16mm Motion Film.
This article is dedicated to the Italian street photographer and portraitist Ugo Mulas who masterfully documented the miniature circus of the great sculptor Alexander Calder. To write this tribute I documented a recent Christmas event in my city Como, a wonderful exhibition of vintage toys in a forest of snow-covered pines. Take a look!
In this digital age, more and more photographers and filmmakers are getting charmed by technologies of the past. Those who prefer working with a tangible medium move from manipulating pixels to tinkering with vintage film cameras. Film director and scriptwriter Jan Okulicz-Kozaryn is one of them.
Named for the Italian city situated in the Lombardy region, overflowing with art and culture, say hello to the colorful aesthetics of the new Lomo'Instant Milano, the latest member of the Lomo'Instant family!
Emily Beaver got the community hooked on her compelling black and white portraits of musicians. Despite the absence of colors, her images are enliven by the intense emotions of her subjects. In this interview, our newcomer of the week opens up about her passion for photography, shooting exclusively with an LC-A, and more.
One Christmas, David Townsend was given the Konstruktor by his wife. It sparked an idea in his head, taking inspiration from Jack Lowe's Lifeboat Station project and his love for photography. He built and beautifully customised the Konstruktor and has just embarked on his own long term analogue project, because a camera is for life, not just for Christmas. Learn more about his project in this interview.
Hong Kong-based Lomographer Gweilo uses photography to document the changes in the city and its people. This relentless passion, backed by stunning street shots, sealed his place as our Newcomer of the Week.
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