As the world of photography draws closer to becoming exclusively digital, it is always pleasant to remember the world of Diana cameras from the 1960s. Pre-Holga, pre-Lomo, these cameras captured a world that was fuzzy, blurry, and astigmatic. A world that now seems to have vanished—or has it? […]
After 30 years of being a Diana devotee, my eyes tire, my focus is a little slower, and my memory is not unlike my vision. Perhaps this is the world I would like to inhabit—a world not unlike that of the Diana. I recently went back to New York to revisit my old neighborhood and I found that my Canon couldn’t adequately capture the second story window where I used to shout to my mother to throw down 15 cents (wrapped in a tissue) for the ice cream truck coming by on a hot summer day. With the Diana, that window seems pregnant with opportunity and history—never static.
It is sweet to see a new generation rediscovering a tool I have loved for half my lifetime. Now I only hope that film will still be available for a few more years so the Diana can continue to capture a distinctly different, not better or worse, but different, point of view.
Richard Ross, from his Fovea project, pictures from which can be seen below: