Archive for January, 2011

Rania Matar: Personal and Poetic, Part 2

Jess 21, Boston 2010 © Rania Matar

Her compelling images bridge two cultures with the passionate eye of a fine arts photojournalist and the tenderness of a mother. Her tireless quest for vitality and truth keeps her vision fresh. Rania Matar’s work focuses mainly on women and women’s issues. She has created searing documentaries of the lives of women and children in [...]

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Going Once, Going Twice, Sold to Steve Unsworth

Steve Unsworth

When three members of the Leica Forum, Steve Unsworth, Bill Palmer and Andy Barton, began discussing the idea of putting together a book to feature some of the wonderful photography featured on the forum, they had no idea the book would have the impact that it did. To date, 250 copies of the book have [...]

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Damaso Reyes: Cuba

Master Cuban composer and pianist Chuco Valdez annotates a composition Arturo O'Farrill created just for this trip.

Damaso Reyes recently took his M8 to Cuba for the first time, documenting the musical journey of Grammy award-winning Cuban-American Jazz composer and pianist Arturo O’Farrill as he journeyed back to the island of his father’s birth. For Americans the very word conjures up a wide range of mixed emotions. As a photojournalist I had [...]

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Introducing Peter Earl McCollough: LOOK3 Guest Series

© Peter McCollough

Join us in following Peter Earl McCollough’s project as it unfolds this year with the M9, his first time using not only a Leica camera but also using manual focus. Peter is bringing us along this journey as he familiarizes himself with the camera, immerses himself in his work and lets the pieces unravel… This [...]

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Viva Varun: In Budapest!

Szabadsag (Liberty/Freedom Bridge)

Answer to “Where am I?”: Budapest, Hungary; Heroes’  Square (Hosok Tere in Hungarian) This magnificent square – complete with monuments – is located at the end of Andrassy Avenue and is flanked by the Museum of Fine Art and Hall of Art respectively. Heroes’ Square took four years to build (1896 to 1900). A 36-metre high stone [...]

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Viva Varun: Where is He Now?

Viva Varun: Where is He Now?

Varun’s on the go, with his Leica V-Lux 20 in tow dropping out of the blue, with one photo and one clue where in the world could he be – do you know? Answer on Facebook, Twitter or below. Tomorrow your misery will be put to rest. For today take your best guess. Here is [...]

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Kyle Cassidy: The Unpredictable Eye; Part 1

The Day My Grandmother Exploded © Kyle Cassidy

A master of the unexpected, his work ranges from gritty and compassionate documentaries of the downtrodden to flights of whimsical fancy that smash through the bounds of reality. Kyle Cassidy has been documenting American culture since the 1990s. He has photographed Goths, Punks, Cutters, Politicians, Metalheads, Dominatrices, Scholars, and Alternative Fashion, in addition to what [...]

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Rania Matar: Giving a Voice to the Oppressed, Part 1

© Rania Matar

She uses photography to bridge two cultures with the passionate eye of a fine arts photojournalist and the tenderness of a mother, revealing the dignity of the human condition and giving a voice to the oppressed. Born and raised in Lebanon, Rania Matar moved to the U.S. in 1984. Originally trained as an architect at [...]

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Going Pro: Lara Rossignol Tests the D-Lux 5

Izzy © Lara Rossignol

I began shooting professionally in Los Angeles after I graduated from Art Center College in the late ‘80s. Less than two years later I moved to NYC and over the next 14 years worked with clients ranging from Rolling Stone to Vogue to Max Factor. In late 2002 I moved south to Atlanta and have [...]

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Otto Schulze: Capturing the Decisive Moment, Part 2

© Otto Schulze

Otto Schulze shoots weddings with the deft eye and casual air of a classic photojournalist and captures “decisive moments” on the streets of the world with his Leica M9. His abiding passion for documentary photography was kindled by a chance encounter with Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work and he spent the next two years in Nepal trekking [...]

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Now Accepting Entries: Tina Wiesner’s Insights into the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2011

Tina Wiesner

Now in its 32nd year the Leica Oskar Barnack Award is truly a Leica tradition. Named after the inventor of the Leica camera, Oskar Barnack, who was also a pioneer in reportage photography. An international jury awards the Leica Oskar Barnack Award and Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award to photographers whose unerring powers of observation [...]

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New Orleans: A City of Contrasts and Contradictions

© David G. SPIELMAN

David Spielman: Guest blogger. Assignment: 4–New Year Challenge. Location: New Orleans. Equipment: D-Lux 5 Here we are moving at break-neck speed into 2011, my head still spins on how fast we motored through 2010. So how do we slow down Father Time?  Sorry to report we can’t. So how do we get more and better [...]

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Otto Schulze: Capturing the Decisive Moment, Part 1

© Otto Schulze

Otto Schulze grew up in a small South African town on the Botswana border and managed local photo labs after finishing high school. Despite his involvement with photography, he never seriously thought of becoming a professional photographer. Years later, while living in Kathmandu, his abiding passion for documentary photography was kindled by a chance encounter [...]

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f/Egor: Saving Souls

Ob(li)vious Taken with Leica M9 © Gregory Simpson

Do you remember where you were in the autumn of 2008 when, drunk with greed, all the bankers in the world stripped naked, strapped on barrels lined with our life savings and plummeted over Niagara Falls? I do. I had just completed a successful stint as the official photographer for BC Parks and was negotiating [...]

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Not For Sale: Leica IIIc, 3 Lenses, Manual Included

Augusts Upitis holds son Alvis coming into NY Harbor on June 25, 1950 after a nine day freighter crossing from Germany.

My father’s dream was not to become a PPA Master Photographer. Augusts Upitis’ fantasy was to be an actor and his life turned out to have as much drama as if it had been written for the theater. Although his two brothers were photographers, he became a nurseryman and landowner growing produce and flowers to [...]

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