This camera was given the name “Lubitel” – which roughly translates into “Amateur” in Russian. From these humble beginnings, a grand lineage was born.
The Amateur’s Delight
After several years of producing Komsomolets, the GOMZ factory proudly introduced a new camera with a radically important feature – coupled lenses. This meant that focusing the viewing lens focused the taking lens in kind, allowing the photographer to hone in precisely on their subject. This camera was given the name “Lubitel” – which roughly translates into “Amateur” in Russian. From these humble beginnings, a grand lineage was born. Over the next few pages, we’ll take you through each individual Lubitel model and details their many charms and features – so we don’t have to get into the specifics right now. But chew on this for a second – from the Lubitel’s original conception in 1949 to the end of its production in the early 90’s, something between 4 and 5 MILLION cameras were produced. That’s somewhere between 8 and 10 MILLION little Russian lenses mounted low and high. Given these staggering numbers, it’s easy to appreciate the impact that the Lubitel had on its fans and owners – both inside and outside of the Soviet Union. Allow us to take you through it’s grand “family tree” – beginning with a few individuals that predated those fateful days following WWII.
Taken in traditional film camera, Italian photographer Federico Busonero documents the conflict-torn Palestine's social, cultural landscape and historical topography and how its legacy is bound to fade in history soon.
This months LomoAmigo is Utku Öztürk, who has been passionate about photography for the last 10 years and recently had the chance to test out the New Petzval 85mm Art Lens. If you want to get to know Utku more and see the shots he captured with the New Petzval 85 keep on reading!
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!
With the eyes and hands of an artist since her youth, Jordan Tiberio is highly influenced by vintage aesthetics surrounding her home. Her fresh oeuvre channels a bygone aesthetic but timeless beauty, a mix of pre-Raphaelite and contemporary flavors for fleeting moments of romanticism.
Brandon Roggeman showcases a limited series of decks presented by Cowtown Skateboards in the "Skate After School" fundraising event featuring special edition skateboards, videos, live jazz, and prints from featured artists. Find out more about this amazing project in this exclusive interview!
Thanks to the overwhelming support from our KickStarter backers, the Lomo'Instant Automat KS project was an outstanding success! For the fashionably late, we're happy to let you know that the Lomo'Instant Automat is now available for pre-order in the shop! Preorder now and get all a strap, splitzer, & extra color gels for FREE! Get it for Christmas!
“Around the World in Analogue” is your bite-size guide to the most amazing travel destinations across the globe, as documented by the members of the Lomography community. Today, JC Gratila (@antiox) uncovers the mystique of four cities in Iran.
Can Tanrıseven, whose project called “dadaizmir”, which consists of instax/polaroid photos, has been shooting with the Lomo’Instant recently. We asked Can to share his results and his photos where he used the Splitzer and multi-exposure techniques. Here are Can’s expressions!
Houston-based photographer Tamara Lichtenstein, always carried a camera by her side so she could capture every single moment in her life. Day by day, photography grow out of being just a hobby and it became her true calling