Archive for June, 2011

Todd Korol: A Pro’s Pro, Part One

Tyson © Todd Korol

Todd Korol, a Canadian who lives with his family in Calgary, Alberta, has spent the last 20 years traversing the world with camera in hand on assignment for international publications including Time, Sports Illustrated and the New York Times and he has worked with corporate clients including Apple, Visa, Rolex and several other household names. [...]

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Traveling Light and Moving Fast

Chicago © David G. Spielman

David Spielman: Guest blogger. Assignment: 6 – Train Travel. Location: Chicago. Equipment: D-Lux 5. Our 9-year-old son is a train fan to the tenth power, and we were ready for an adventure. Infatuated with anything related to trains or anything that runs on rails; it doesn’t matter if they are big, small, plastic, wooden, real [...]

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Viva Varun: In Antigua!

The view from my hillside suite at Hermitage Bay, the colours are just stunning

Answer to “Where am I?”: Antigua (at Shirley Heights) There are 33 main islands that make up the West Indies. Antigua, part of the Leeward Islands, is the largest of the two that make up the country Antigua & Barbuda. Originally inhabited by the Cibony Indians, the island was then inhabited by the Pastoral Arawak Indians [...]

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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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Leica Portrait: wowe (Wolfgang Wesener)

wowe feature

A portrait photographer who has created iconic images of major figures in the arts and politics, and brilliantly documented New York nightlife, wowe (Wolfgang Wesener) was born in Cologne, Germany in 1960, studied Design and Communications at the Folkwangschule in Essen (1981-84), and arrived in New York shortly thereafter to assist Hans Namuth and Evelyn Hofer in covering the nightlife scene for Details magazine. Subsequently, he began a 12-year collaboration taking portraits for the acclaimed FAZ-Magazin supplement to the Frankfuter Allgemeine Zeitung, moved to Italy in 1990 to work for international magazines and on personal projects and currently lives in New York City. His most recent show, “wowe, Nightclubbing, New York nightlife in the ‘80s” was held at the Leica Gallery in New York City from March 4 to April 16, 2011. Here he shares his views on portraiture and his creative process.

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A Decisive Moment in Paris: Leica Camera & Magnum Photos

Leica Magnum Event © Anaïd de Dieuleveult

On Tuesday, June 21, Leica Camera and Magnum Photos gathered distinguished guests at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris. The event began with a panel discussion entitled “Crises and catastrophes in pictures. What justifiable role can photojournalism play in an age of camera phones, Twitter and Facebook?” Moderated by Samuel Kirszenbaum. The panel included [...]

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Leica & Magnum — Portrait of Alex Majoli

Alex Majoli

“I think my interest gets sparked when I recognize a memory. That is when I take a picture.” -Alex Majoli This photo essay, the second installment in our collaboration with Magnum Photos, examines the photographs of Alex Majoli taken over the course of his 25 year career. Having joined Magnum Photos in 1996, Majoli became [...]

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f/Egor: Lobotomy, Please!

One-Perfect-Moment

It began so innocently. These things often do. With my Leica M2 in hand, I was walking the street and scrutinizing the ordinary life that ebbed and flowed ahead of my purposeful gate. Many of these excursions are unremarkable, but every so often the sky parts and an improbable cluster of events intersect into a [...]

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Carl Merkin: The Thing With Three Eyes – A History of Three-lens Turrets

1949 Haber & Fink advertisement.

The Haber & Fink turret had a brief production run in 1949 and disappeared after 200 or so units were made, or should I say, converted by Haber & Fink  from original Leica screw mount bodies. These were a mix of new and used store stock and customers’ cameras sent in for conversion. Examples seen [...]

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New Firmware Update: Behind-the-Scenes

Leica M9

Leica customers were a crucial element in testing and developing the latest M9 and M8 firmware update. The intersection of Leica customers and product development is an interwoven fabric within Leica’s culture. In one interview with Stefan Daniels, Product Management at Leica Camera AG, he shared, “it says something crucial about Leica Camera itself — namely that it’s all [...]

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Jing Huang: Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award Winner 2011

Pure of Sight, Jing Huang

Jing Huang, born in Guangzhou and now a resident of Shenzhen, China, was just named as the recipient this year’s Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award. His self-selected portfolio of 12 black-and-white fine art images shot with his beloved Leica M4-P were chosen from over 2,000 entries. His favorite image in the group: “The picture of a [...]

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Jan Grarup: Leica Oskar Barnack Award Winner 2011

Haiti Aftermath

Over the course of his 18-year career, acclaimed Danish photojournalist Jan Grarup has covered many of recent history’s defining human rights and conflict issues with his camera.  His work reflects his belief in photojournalism’s role as an instrument of witness and memory to incite change and the necessity of telling the stories of people who [...]

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Viva Varun: In Vancouver!

Varun in Vancouver

Answer to “Where am I?” : Vancouver, British Columbia Congratulations to everyone who answered correctly on the blog, Facebook and Twitter: Shane, Simon, Colin, John, Randy, Don, Andre, Michael, Matthew, Gordon, Anna Maria, Acken, Aake and Niloofar. I arrived at Vancouver Airport at 11 pm a fortnight ago sporting just a pair of shorts and a [...]

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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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William Palank: Ethiopian Portraits

Abore Three- Omo Valley Region, Ethiopia; Taken with a Leica M9 by William Palank

The son of a fighter pilot born on a U.S. Air Force Base in France, William J. Palank became a successful general dentist and endodontist (root canal specialist) before deciding to give up the 9-to-5 dental grind to pursue his passion for photography. He is now a freelance photojournalist and fine art printer based in San [...]

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