“the Impacts of Lomography”

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Albers, Pillipp and Michael Nowak. "Lomography - Snapshot Photography in the Age of Digital-Simulation." History Of Photography 23.1(1999), 101-4.

Lomography, international vernacular-photographic movement founded by two Viennese students, Matthias Fiegl and Wolfgang Stranzinger. In the early 1990s they discovered the Lomo Kompakt Automat, a basic auto-exposure 35 mm camera made in Leningrad (St Petersburg) since 1983, and found it ideal for taking uncomposed, spontaneous snapshots, especially in the street and in low light. This source provides the details of the origin of lomography. Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida – Reflections on Photography. Trans. Richard Howard. New York: Hill and Wang, 1981.

In a deeply personal discussion of the lasting emotional effect of certain photographs, Barthes considers photography as asymbolic, irreducible to the codes of language or culture, acting on the body as much as on the mind. The book develops the twin concepts of studium and punctum: studium denoting the cultural, linguistic, and political interpretation of a photograph, punctum denoting the wounding, personally touching detail which establishes a direct relationship with the object or person within it.

This book will be helpful when it comes to the concept of photography before moving on to lomography. Holliday, Taylor. "How Lomo Can You Go? – A Soviet-Era Camera Captures Bleary, Mesmerizing Images And a New World of Fans." Wall Street Journal 11 Jan. 2000, 24.Horkheimer, Max and Theodor W. Adorno.

Blurry or strange colors are not the founders’ aesthetic ambition, or their ambition is not about aesthetic revolution. Lomography is mainly related to snapshot aesthetic but with a new millenium tinge: psychedelic colors and trippy blur of Lomo twist. Their ambition is to establish a new way of photographic practice. This article talks about what lomography is and how people look at it. Mitchell, W. J....
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