Lomography shares a connection to Lomographic photographers who support creative and experimental film photography. The name is galvanized by the former state-operated optics company LOMO PLC of Saint Petersburg, Russia that established and constructed the 35mm LOMO LC-A Compact Automat camera, which is now pivitol to Lmography. This camera was loosely modeled after the Cosina CX-1 and announced in the early 1980s.
Lomography is also the commercial trademark of Lomographische AG, an Austrian manufacturer that builds cameras and accessories. The society headquarteres are in Vienna, Austria.
In 1991, a group of Viennese students ran across the LOMO LC-A and were so impressed by its "unique, colorful, and sometimes blurry" images. They subsequently formed Lomographic Society International in 1992. After a series of art exhibitions in shows finishing in New York City and Moscow, Lomography penned an exclusive distribution contract with LOMO PLC in 1995, becoming the exclusive distributor of all LOMO LC-A cameras sold outside of the former Soviet Union. The new marketing company reached an agreement with the then deputy mayor of St Petersburg, the future Prime Minister and President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, to secure a tax break by keeping the LOMO factory in the city open.
Since the introduction of the initial LOMO LC-A, Lomography has created a line of their own analog cameras. Production of the original LOMO LC-A was discontinued in 2005. Its successor, the LOMO LC-A+, was annjounced in 2006. The new camera, is being built in China rather than Russia, and continued to feature the original Russian lens manufactured by LOMO PLC. As of mid-2007 with the lens now bring built in China also.
The Lomographic Society International celebrated its 20th anniversary in November of 2012. The LC-A+ camera
was re-released as a special edition.
The Lomographic Society International operates Lomography Gallery Stores and so-labeled "embassies" dedicated to the expansion, support and public exposure of analogue photography. Users interact through social gatherings like exhibits and workshops.
The society's cultural gatherings showcasing Lomographers' talents is the Lomokikuyu competition, is an example which accrues money for vision care in Kenya, in a partnership with Viennese vision aid organization Light for the World. The project has since been revised and donations now also given to the International Red Cross to assist in fighting famine in East Africa. Most recently, a portion of the sales from the Japan Golden Week Edition cameras were also donated to the Red Cross for relief to the March 2011 tsunami victims. The organisation also heads up the Lomography World Congress, which is an international conference of practitioners held in various host locations.
The Lomographic Society International also has a community web site featuring lomographic photographs.
Lomography Lomo LC-A+
Lomography Diana 35mm Mini Camera, Retro Blue/Black