As we ponder how the future is full of all things analogue, let’s take all take a look back and view the oldest photography negative in existence, dating back to 1835!
Louis Daguerre is probably the most famous name associated with the invention of photography with his daguerreotype process. But what most people do not know is that these images are unique and reproduction would involve re-daguerreotyping the original, which is labor intensive to say the least.
This is where William Henry Fox Talbot comes in, who was the competitor of Daguerre. They were both simultaneously working on their respective photographic experiments and processes. He was secretive so he kept to himself. That is until Daguerre unveiled his daguerreotype process. He immediately presented his pictures, which were five years older his bitter rival! Thus, the calotype or talbotype process was born. Calotypes created a negative image on the silver iodide from which positives could be printed (onto silver chloride paper). This made the calotype superior in one aspect to the daguerreotype which only made one positive image (whereby it was difficult to get multiple copies).
So as you pick up your developed negatives from the Photo Lab later, give a brief moment for Fox Talbot and all his contributions to Photography!
2015 was a super exciting year for the world of creative photography. We introduced new products, paid homage to analogue photography and collaborated with like-minded folks. If you missed any of the festivities, don't worry - we promise that there will be more fantastic things to come next year! In the meantime, here's a look back into all the happy Lomography memories!
We look back on Pictorialism, Peter Marlow's exemplary career, and the roots of sensual photography. The Leap Week also gave us a preview of the future, from the remarkable GIFs of Lucea Spinelli to professionals' growing love of instant photography.
When Marty and Doctor Brown visited the 21st of October 2015, things were flying and people were glued to technology. In 1989, the predictions of Back to the Future II might have looked far-fetched and funny. Today, of course, is a different story. Some of these predictions have come true!
Last month I was going to go full throttle into food photography. I'd cook up all kinds of scrumptious food and take mouth-watering pictures. But, as a famous Dutch line of poetry goes "between dream and deed / are laws, and practical objections." In other words, stuff came up.
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!
A self-portrait may take root in confidence, extreme shyness or alternate bouts of each. Leanne Surfleet goes through this kind of fluctuation when the camera is all eyes. The attraction—as far as we’re concerned—is the mix of uncertainty and a kind of quiet poise. And here and there, a flash of skin that is more a mystery than full-on revelation. Even Surfleet’s portraits of other people have the same hushed invite, as if to say questions are encouraged. There we took our cue.
It’s finally here! Fully automatic, jam-packed with creative features, and super easy to use, the Lomo’Instant Automat is the ultimate instant camera that lets you do it all. Shoot perfectly lit photos from dusk ’til dawn and explore a world of creativity at the touch of a button. Back us on Kickstarter now to save up to 35% on a Lomo’Instant Automat and all sorts of exclusive extra goodies!