This adorable little camera (aptly named for it’s 9 lenses) is the golden child of The Lomographic Society, a company based on understanding the world by taking as many photos of it as humanly possible.
The pop 9 simultaneously takes 9 small photographs, each identical to the others, and puts them all on the same picture. Think Andy Warhol, without the different colors.
Above is an example of a print you would get with this camera.
If you don’t know anything about the Lomography Society or their cameras, let me give you the short version:
The Lomo camera was brought to Russia in 1982 by the Japanese. The Russian military decided that every one of their soldiers must have one, so they mass-produced them. The first camera was called the LC-A.
Almost a decade later, in 1991, a group of Viennese students happened on these cameras. The LC-A by then had lost its appeal. But the Viennese students loved it, and so did their friends.
In 1996, after the construction of the Lomographic Society, the Lomographic Embassy once again traveled to St. Petersburg to plead for the Lomo LC-A manufacturers to continue making the cameras. The Society succeded and in 1999 the Lomographic Society launched Lomography Online and hosted the first Lomography Convention – Photokina.
In 2001, the Lomography Society opened their first brick-and-mortar store and published their first photobook.
And in 2002, the lovely little camera posted at the beginning of this blog was launched.
So there you have it, a cool little camera and so much history behind it.