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History of Lomography

Lomography began with a fateful encounter in the early 1990's when two students in Vienna, Austria, stumbled upon the Lomo Kompakt Automat – a small, enigmatic Russian camera. Mindlessly taking the shot from the hip, and sometimes looking through the viewfinder, they were astounded with the mindblowing photos that it produced – the colours were vibrant, with deep saturation and vignettes that framed the shot – it was nothing like they had seen before!

Upon returning home, friends wanted their own Lomo LC-A, igniting a new style of artistic experimental photography that we now know as Lomography!

Following the mania that ensued upon the introduction of Lomography, they flew to St. Petersburg to work out a contract for the worldwide distribution of this fantastic little camera. Soon, the 10 Golden Rules were set up as a guide to this analogue movement, followed by exhibitions, world congresses, parties, installations, collaborations, and events. New products, films, and accessories were developed, and served as the communication hub for Lomographers worldwide.


10 Golden Rules of Lomography

  • Take your camera everywhere you go

  • Use it any time – day and night

  • Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it

  • Try the shot from the hip

  • Approach the objects of your Lomographic desire as close as possible

  • Don't think (William Firebrace)

  • Be fast

  • You don't have to know beforehand what you captured on film

  • Afterwards either

  • Don't worry about any rules


  • Lomography Cameras, Film Processing and Printing

    We are able to assist the Lomography community of West London with our Lomographic camera and film processing offering. We stock a range of Lomographic camera and films to help keep you stocked up and ensure you are well equipt so you never miss an opportunity.  We can also process your Lomographic film, and print your photos for you.


    Remember, Don't think, Just shoot!!