12 Nov Film Friday: A 20-year review of the Lomo LC-A, the camera that started the Lomography revolution

Source: DP Review

My 1986-era Lomo LC-A, with a Soviet badge replacing the name, worn off after years of use (Photograph by Stephen Dowling, used with permission. )

Stephen Dowling, founder of Kosmo Foto, has published what is, in essence, a 20-year review of the Lomo LC-A. The LC-A is now considered one of the most important cameras in film photography history, despite its subpar image quality and primitive design, which was inspired by a camera from a manufacturer that far better known – and respected – at the time of its release.

Dowling begins his review with a quick history lesson of the Lomo LC-A, a camera whose design is effectively a Soviet copy of the Cosina CX-2. As Dowling details, ‘The Soviet Union’s vice minister of defense, Igor Petrovich Kornitsky had encountered the quirky Cosina [CX-2] at Cologne’s Photokina trade show in 1980 – and wanted the Soviet Union to produce something even better,’ something Dowling calls ‘quite the Tall Cold War Task, given that Japan had become world leader in compact camera design.’

The Cosina CX-2, shown with its twisting front cover which the LC-A (bottom) did not feature. (Photograph by Stephen Dowling, used with permission. )

Kornitsky instructed various Soviet entities to start the construction of the Cosina copycat and after some deliberation on how and where to manufacturer this new camera, it was decided that Leningrad-based camera manufacturer Leningradskoye Optiko-Mekhanicheskoye Obyedinenie, better known

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