I recently came across some of these shots of Elizabeth Taylor in Iran and quickly dismissed them as posed, kitschy and generally unappealing. Turns out I was rather wrong.
Elizabeth Taylor visited Iran once, in 1976. She traveled with the then young, freshly graduated, Iranian photographer Firooz Zahedi. Although Iranian, Zahedi had left the country as a child and had hardly returned to the country before his trip with Taylor.
This is evident in his photos, which were at times extremely touristy in feel, and at others, beautifully executed by the hands of a man who would eventually grow up to be a pro.
My favorite photo from this series is probably the one of Taylor standing in full traditional garb in front of the entrance to a mosque. I simply find it alluring and a little fascinating. Would have loved to see it in real life while it was exhibited at the LACMA. But unfortunately, I didn’t and now have to settle to the digital online version.
I recently found a roll of XR Redscale 50-200 film lying around in my drawer and decided to reignite my passion for embracing the weird and unexpected results that film can bring. I shot random doubles around the streets of Soho and was rather delighted with the results.
By far the oddest-looking camera I own, the Electric Eye is an auto-exposure viewfinder camera made by Bell & Howell in the late 1950s. I picked one up online and ended up with another one, that came with a very cool, retro looking carrying case, from my grandfather. It took a little while to try these two out but after running some film I found that this camera is a lot of fun to shoot with.
Some photographers have an instinct for the unique. Whereas others aim to fashion the ordinary into a singular picture, these hunters are obsessed with what cannot be found elsewhere. They prize an exclusive scoop on architectural patterns, artisan quirks, and objects that stick out of an everyday scene. And when the photographers find them, they will twist and turn to get the most flattering angle. Only right for curiosities that beg to be shared.
At the end of October last year, René Burri, a great master of photography of the last century, passed away. As a tribute to him, I would like to show you some photos that I took last month at EXPO 2015 in Milan, which was inspired by his series featuring the world's fairs held in Osaka, Okinawa, and Montreal. Take a look!
Alfredo Buonanno is a photographer who loves everything retro. When his friend Sergio showed him the Lomo'Instant Wide Central Park, Alfredo fell in love with the instant camera, instantly-- and it was the beginning of a beautiful new story. He recently took lovely, retro-style pictures with the Lomo'Instant Wide with the model Viktoriya Tori as his muse.
Have you heard of The Knocks? If you haven't (and like to dance) you should definitely listen to these new LomoAmigos, whose first headline tour just sold out! The New York-based electronic duo crossed the country on a tour bus and had a Lomo'Instant Wide in tow. They brought back some amazing photos—see them here and learn more about the guys behind the beats. Plus, get a chance to win a camera signed by The Knocks and a copy of their debut album "55"!
Community member and analogue lover Simeon Smith recently made a short movie using a Lomokino, Actionsampler and a Spinner. He worked with folk singer Jess Hall to create a beautiful and haunting soundtrack. We talked to Simeon about this project why he chose to use analogue cameras.