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Friday, January 14, 2005

Latest Internet Craze: Lomo

It all started in 1991 when a group of students vacationing in Prague discovered the wonderfully weird and cheap Lomo Kompakt Automat camera. The pictures are quite odd, out of focus, and due to the qualities of the Lomo lens and development techniques like cross-processing, wildly colorful. The craze spread like wildfire, and when the Russian manufacturers announced they'd stop making the camera, Lomographers stepped in to guarantee a market.

The BBC produced a series of shorts about lomography that you can view here. And you can check out more of the quirky snaps here.