The Holga is a true icon in lo-fi photography. It began production in China as a cheap camera made for the working class. To keep production costs low, the cheap camera construction and simple lens meant that the camera was prone to a number of optical distortions such as vignetting, blurring and light leaks – what was seen as “imitations” in the technical sense.
This happened to attract a cult following among photographers worldwide, who believed these limitations forced them to concentrate on being creative and innovative, instead of being overly conscious about the complicated functions of new cameras. Many photographs taken on a Holga went on to win numerous awards in photography competitions – and ultimately defined what lo-fi photography is today.