Archive for May, 2010

Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award Winner Andy Spyra

Kashmir Series by Andy Spyra, Winner of Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2010

Andy Spyra is the winner of the Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2010 for his portfolio ‘Kashmir’. The international jury sought to find a series of photographs in which a photographer, under the age of 25 years old, perceives and documents the interaction between man and the environment with acute vision and contemporary style – creative, [...]

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Hooked from a Borrowed M9

Taxi taken with M9 by Marawan Hamdi

On Sunday, May 16th I had the pleasure of borrowing an M9 from the Leica representatives at the New York Photo Festival. From the moment I first held it in my hands I was impressed. I knew it had the latest in digital camera technology and yet it still felt like a timeless, precision instrument distilled into the simplest and [...]

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Do Leica Cameras Have A Soul?

LEICA M8 and 75 SUMMARIT at F2.5

For years I have heard that a Leica camera has something special about it. The “Leica Glow” as some put it, is something you see in images taken with Leica cameras. Do Leica cameras have a soul? Well, no, of course not. The camera bodies themselves are pretty much the same as any other film [...]

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Photographer’s Journal: 5 Whirlwind Days of Photo Documentation in Jordan

“Eight” Pillars of Wisdom, Jerash - Leica M6, 15mm VC

Just over a week ago I spent 5 incredibly hectic days in Jordan. Actually “hectic” is an understatement for the level of intensity we experienced. I was shooting a food documentary called World Café Middle East and we had to hit the ground running! As soon as I, and Martin Evanson (the soundman) had touched [...]

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Martin Hartley takes his MP to the Edge of the Earth

Taken with Leica MP by Martin Hartley copyright

Following a treacherous 60-day trek covering 483 miles, Arctic explorer and photographer, Martin Hartley, has reached the North Pole with colleagues Ann Daniels and Charlie Paton. Recording photographs that would be impossible to take on digital equipment in the harsh Arctic conditions, Martin has captured vital images using a specially-tested LEICA MP camera with LEICA [...]

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An Incisive Eye On The Emerging Pan-Arab Hip-Hop Movement

Edge of square by Laith Majali. Shot with a Leica M6, Tri-X film.

Laith Majali, a dynamic young Jordaninan photographer and filmmaker, has a heartfelt passion for people and for documenting the human condition. An award-winning film producer, editor, and photojournalist, he recently won the Leica “Cairo Take This” photo contest hosted on Leica’s page on Facebook, for his searing coverage of life in the Egyptian capital. In [...]

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A Bird Watcher Tests the Leica V-Lux 20

Adult Male Baltimore Oriole digiscoped with Leica V-Lux 20 evening 5/13/10

A local sales rep loaned me his sample of the new Leica V-Lux 20 to test at the “Biggest Week in American Birding” in Ohio. The 12x zoom (300 mm equivalent) allowed me to capture images of closer birds along the boardwalk at Magee Marsh in Oak Harbor, OH. I was looking forward to using [...]

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Waiting for Alice

Waiting for Alice by Ray Scott; 5.10mm at f/2, ISO 1600, Shutter speed 1/10 second

I actually really enjoy being inside old theatres and cinemas. There’s something about the way they used to present entertainment that has somehow gotten lost in the modernisation of the world. It’s not just the way they used to look, but also it’s the size. I like the small venues. A lot of people find [...]

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New York Photo Festival Winners!

New York Photo Festival Theme People Winner: Marc Dimov

As a 2010 New York Photo Festival partner, Leica Camera Inc. brought the first ever photo scavenger hunt to the event. The Leica Photo Scavenger Hunt took place on May 13-16 and welcomed photography enthusiasts to take part in a quest to capture the day’s best photos. Leica M9s were on loan at no cost to participants to [...]

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M9 Survives Canine Crash Test, Just Keeps On Clicking!

Unscathed after a bizarre crash test….

I review cameras for several magazines. My priority is to see if the  camera lives up to the manufacturers’ claims. However it is difficult to test how solid and indestructible a camera is other than how it feels. No one intentionally drops a camera to see if it holds up. I was recently testing a [...]

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Ulla Hebgen: A Decisive Moment and Discovery of the Leica M9

Brother by Ulla Hebgen

A borrowed camera, an engaging subject, and an unexpected opportunity led to a life-changing adventure.

As a pro, I know that commercial photography demands creativity in the face of impossible deadlines, but ironically we hardly ever have time to express our own personal ideas. Once you enter the wonderful world of advertising your role is circumscribed by the strict demands of the client and the job at hand. This intensity and focus is the very reason we feel an enormous urge to refresh ourselves, to rediscover and experience life. What we are seeking is something authentic, something indefinable that’s not optimized nor stylized to fit a preconceived idea. I love this personal and intimate kind of photography. Indeed, at this very moment, I, too, am discarding the superfluous and getting back to basics.

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Welcome to the Official Leica Blog

Dear Leica friend,

Welcome to the official Leica blog.

Here, we will post stories from around the world from Leica photographers, and insight on their photography techniques. You can also expect to see the latest news on Leica’s product development and related events. Our hope is to present you with words and images to complement your Leica experience.

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