Snapshots of a Happy Childhood

Published October 16, 2018, 1:36 PM



The Austrian Embassy in Manila, in partnership with Lomography, SOS Children’s Villages Philippines, Sunny16 Lab, and SM Supermalls recently presented the “Snapshots of a Happy Childhood” lomography exhibition at the SM Malls.

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The exhibition toured SM Malls – launched at The Podium, made a stop at S Maison, and closed at SM Aura Premier. SM Appliance Center, Inc., Philips, and Cocina Peruvia also supported the event.

Snapshots of a Happy Childhood is a six-feet-by 14-feet lomo wall composed of 1,000 individual snapshots of children taken by Lomography and analogue cameras. The photos for the exhibition were taken by children living in the SOS Children’s Village in Manila; with others submitted by the international Lomography community.

Lomography is a recent type of photography invented by the Lomographic Society, founded in the early ‘90s in Austria.  The founders first experimented with a Lomo LC-A, a Russian toy camera. They were taken by the unique, high contrast photos with vignettes and soft focus.

The original lomo cameras are the LC-A, Fisheye, Colorsplash, and Supersampler. Lomography today is considered an art movement – with different groups around the world aiming to spread and support the art.  The Lomographic Society International headquarters is in Vienna, Austria, which maintains a website.

Side exhibitions included Captured Moments in a Loving Home Exhibition, which highlights photos taken by the SOS children film cameras. Mallgoers also had the rare chance to view Lomography analogue, instant cameras, and art lenses up close in the Lomography Classics Exhibition.

The event is part of the Austrian Embassy’s initiatives with its Presidency of the Council of the European Union this year. The project focuses on Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states the “right of every child to a standard of living adequate for the child’s physical, mental, spiritual, moral, and social development.”

The Snapshots of a Happy Childhood Lomo exhibition is one of the many exciting events at the SM Malls.