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Giant snapshot show in Trafalgar Sq

London’s Trafalgar Square will light up this month with an exhibition of 100,000 photographs taken from around the world.

London’s Trafalgar Square will light up this month with an exhibition of 100,000 photographs taken from around the world reports Amateur Photographer

Running from 17-23 September and organised by the Lomographic Society, the exhibition will feature photographs taken by members of the public using Lomos – Soviet-made mini cameras distributed throughout communist states during the cold war.

The photographs are to be displayed on a gigantic wall in the square as an immense snapshot portrait of the world.

Announcing the exhibition, a spokesman for the society explained: “Over the last decade of Lomography, its worldwide community has been called on to participate in this ultimate project and submit their images to be part of this big exhibition”.

The compact camera, which functioned in all light conditions, was revered for its all-seeing wide-angle lens and auto-exposure capabilities – previously only available in professional cameras.

In 1991, just as Lomos was going out of production, a group of Austrian students discovered some in an old camera shop in Prague. Word spread quickly, the students convinced the manufacturers in St Petersburg to continue production and set up the Lomographic Society with the aim of documenting the world’s surface by taking millions of snapshots.

The society now holds more than five million pictures in its archives and the converted keep snapping. The exhibition is part of the Lomography World Congress London 2007. For more information about the Lomograpy Society click here

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