the ubiquitous lens

photo by Damon Winter

A few years ago, lomography became so hip that even Urban Outfitters sold the 120 medium format cameras. The story was cool: the Soviets had produced a cheap, plastic camera so affordable that the government wouldn’t have to spy on the people–people would photograph their lives, spy on each other.

And while analog versus digital was fun and lofi ruled over hidef, it was really hard to find someplace that would process medium format film. And expensive. It’s still hip; but digital has won. We’re even recreating the Soviet experience, documenting our lives with iPhones and displaying our secrets on Facebook.

Which can be really cool: The New York Times LENS blog had a cool post about Damon Winter using his iPhone to capture war images of the 87th Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division in northern Afghanistan.

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