Craig Cutler: The Idea Behind the Image

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A brilliant master photographer, Craig Cutler reveals his work, his life, and the mindset and techniques of his unique creative process that enable him to capture timeless images that explore transcendent realities. Q: What camera and equipment do you use? A: I have a Leica M-System and Leica S-System, both for different reasons. I use [...]

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Ayman Oghanna: Stepping Over the Line

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The Islamic State (IS) terror militia are hunting down those of other faiths and opposing political views. More than one million people have fled: many ran to the relative security of the Kurdish regions, but maybe not for long. Kurdish State or Islamic State? And who is on which side? Ayman Oghanna portrayed the situation in [...]

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Robert Wheeler: Recapturing Ernest Hemingway’s “Lost” Paris

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Since reading his first Hemingway novel in 1986, Robert Wheeler has been a passionate Hemingway enthusiast. He was deeply moved by the humanistic writings of this great man — a writer capable of transporting his readers to foreign settings and into the hearts and minds of his protagonists. Hemingway and his work inspired Robert Wheeler [...]

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Van Styles: A View of Los Angeles from Above

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Van Styles is a New York-born and Los Angeles-raised photographer. His journey into photography started in the 1990s skate scene. What started as him filming his friends skateboarding and learning tricks turned into a hobby and then his career. After years of working with leading skate and street wear brands, Van created a platform for [...]

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Kiên Hoàng Lê: Mini Bar

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Photographer Kiên Hoàng Lê went exploring in Tokyo’s entertainment district: meeting night owls and lovers, artists and cross-dressers, outsiders and lonely people – a colorful combination in black-and-white, all centered in a tiny bar. See more of his images in the current issue of LFI, on sale now. Q: Can you explain what this series is about in [...]

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Jo Fischer: Wheels & Waves

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Wheels & Waves is the name of a motorbike festival held in Biarritz on the Atlantic coast of France. Though this ‘biker Woodstock’ was still an insider tip three years ago, it has now grown to become a full-scale event. Photographer Jo Fischer from Berlin has put together a book capturing the festival’s early days. [...]

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Maik Scharfscheer: Marrakesh Parkour

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Frankfurt-based Maik Scharfscheer is, above all, a very successful commercial photographer, who works primarily with a Leica M or S. He is one of the first photographers who were given the chance a few months ago to try out a prototype of the new Leica Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 mm ASPH. He took the lens to Marrakesh [...]

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Claire Yaffa: Leica Notebook, Thoughts of Photographers, Philosophers, Poets and Dreamers, Chapter 39

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Claire Yaffa took her first photograph 49 years ago when her son was 18 months old and it was the beginning of her journey, first as a mother, then as a photographer. She has worked extensively for The New York Times and Associated Press. Her photographs have appeared in countless influential publications and have been [...]

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Alexandre d’Audiffret: Freeze-Frames of an Ever-Changing China

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Alexandre d’Audiffret was born in 1986 and raised on the western coast of France, in Vendée, in a family of six children. He studied engineering and philosophy, but couldn’t think of anything else but photography. He works as a cinematographer with brands such as Opera de Paris and Swarovski. His dream is to shoot a long [...]

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Sebastian Beck: It All Fits Together, A Sicilian Diary

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Born in Munich, Germany, Sebastian Beck earns his living as an editor and reporter for the acclaimed Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich’s largest and best-known newspaper that enjoys nationwide distribution and an international reputation. We last interviewed him in July 2013. Below he shares with us his portfolio that he took in March 2015 in Sicily because [...]

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Valerio Bispuri: Life Behind Bars in South America

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A world of anarchy and chaos – correctional facilities in South America are considered among the toughest in the world. The inmates themselves are often in control of daily life within the walls of the miserably overcrowded prisons. Valerio Bispuri visited over 70 of them, resulting in haunting black-and-white images that offer a glimpse at [...]

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Cira Crowell: Envisioning Ecstasy

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Cira Crowell’s collaboration with fellow Leica M photographer Christopher Michel, is on exhibit at Tibet House US in New York from May 20 – June 26. Two publications will be released for the show: a catalog, “Envisioning Ecstasy,” and a hardcover book, “108 Visions: Ladakh During the Kalachakra.” Q: What camera equipment do you generally [...]

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Aaron C. Greenman: In Search of Merrie Old England

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As Dodie Smith (1896-1990), author and playwright observed in “I Capture the Castle”, “so many of the loveliest things in England are melancholy”. There are few places so relatively small in terms of land mass, but so oversized in terms of role in pre-industrial revolution and colonial era world politics as England. Culturally, the works [...]

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Truls Bakken: Dogs Best Man

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My name is Truls and I work as a freelance photographer in Bergen, Norway. This project started with my fascination for large breeds a few years back, especially the Irish Wolfhound. I had some idea of an exhibition or something at the time, but it was never realized. So I started @dogsbestman on Instagram, and it proved [...]

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James Hudson: Anecdotal Street Photography In The Museum

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Born in Doncaster, England, James Hudson is an accomplished commercial photographer who uses the income derived primarily from documenting construction, building, and editorial projects to finance his passion for personal expression. In the late ’80s – early ’90s he worked as a BMX rider, appearing on the Paul Daniels Magic Show and regularly in the [...]

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