My wife owns about 10 of these amazing cameras.

Quote Originally Posted by Henning Serger View Post

here is an Interview with the CEO of the company which produce the Holga line of cameras:

The current production is more than 200,000 cameras p.a., and they expand their business to mainland China (PRC) [ BTW: Lomography CEO M. Fiegl recently said in an interview the Lomographic Society sold about 500,000 of their Lomo cameras in 2011].

Three years ago (09/2009) a long Interview with Mr. Lee has been published by German news magazine Spiegel online.
The main statements in this interview:

- the Holga was originally intended as a photo camera for mainland Chinese photographers, introduced 1982
- but the Holga failed in this market because Chinese photographers bought modern Japanese 35mm (compact) cameras instead
- the breakthrough for the Holga happened about ten years later, when young photographers and some artists in the USA and Europe discovered it; and especially the LSI (Lomographic Society International) made the Holga popular in the nineties
- since it's introduction 1982 up to 2009 more than one million of the medium format Holga models has been sold
- after the success in USA, Japan and Europe now there is an increasing demand from China as well.

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