Archive for May, 2011

Thomas Hoepker: Heartland

Muhammad Ali

Thomas Hoepker is one of the most acclaimed Magnum photographers. His pictures of heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, his shots from the USA in the 1960s, as well as newer photos like the one he took in New York on September 11, 2001, have become emblematic. Hoepker has been using Leica cameras ever since he started working as [...]

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David English: Surreal Vegas

Circus Circus’ Katrina (Leica M9, 24mm Summilux) © David English

What’s the most exotic city in the world? Let me suggest a city that’s famous not for its indigenous culture, but for its artificialness. In fact, it’s known for appropriating other cultures and spitting out faux replicas of those cultures. The city is Las Vegas. As a substitute for the real-world locations, it fails miserably. [...]

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Paul Szynol’s Poland

© Paul Szynol

Nobel Prize winner Czesław Miłosz described Warsaw during World War II as “the most agonizing spot in the whole of terrorized Europe.” Poland’s tormented past continues to shape foreign perception of the country. On the map, Warsaw is more or less equidistant from Lisbon and the Ural Mountains, and from Catania and northern parts of Scandinavia; [...]

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Knut Skjærven: Phenomenologist and Photographer, Part 1

Bench Beauties © Knut Skjærven

Born and raised in Bergen, Norway, Knut Skjærven once intended to become a lawyer but “in a state of existential despair” began specializing in philosophical aesthetics and soon developed a passionate interest in film and phenomenology. Shortly after earning an M.A. degree in film science at the University of Copenhagen he bought his first good [...]

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Justin Guariglia, Photographer for National Geographic Traveler Magazine, Part 2

A Silat Master preforming the Malaysian Martial Art of Silat © Justin Guariglia

Raised in an artsy suburb of New York City and exposed to art, Venetian architecture and photography in his formative years, Justin Guariglia has had a lifelong passion for documentary photography and Leica M cameras that eventually led to a career as a magazine and travel photographer. His wanderlust has taken him and his cameras [...]

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Viva Varun: 32,000 Feet Above Sea Level!

Varun getting a close look inside the engine of a Boeing 737

Answer to “Where am I?”: 32,000 feet (give or take) Over the past few months the clues on Viva Varun have obviously been way too easy. I have noticed that the tougher I try and make them, the more correct answers come back. So this week, I thought a bit of fun was in order. Back [...]

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Viva Varun: Where is He Now?

Viva Varun: Where is He Now?

Varun’s on the go, with his Leica D-Lux 5 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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