Archive for July, 2012

Jonas Bendiksen: Going to Extremes to Capture The Passion

Chamonix Free Ride Skiing © Jonas Bendiksen

Jonas Bendiksen, a Norwegian born in 1977, began his career at the age of nineteen as an intern in Magnum’s London office before leaving for Russia to pursue his passion for photojournalism. Over the years much of his work has focused on isolated communities living on the fringes of society. He has received worldwide recognition [...]

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Stu Robertson: Just Me And My D-Lux 5

Queenstown, New Zealand © Stu Robertson

With an interesting (and hard to remember) website like, it’s easy to make an impression for Stu Robertson. Often described as a “hardcore fan” of Leica’s D-Lux series, the New Zealander travels frequently and captures his trips with nothing but a compact camera and a couple of spare batteries. Q: So, Stu, tell us [...]

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Tom Stoddart: Perspectives

© Tom Stoddart/Getty Images

Tom Stoddart has travelled to more than 50 countries and documented such historic events as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Siege of Sarajevo and the election of Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s first black president. His in-depth work on the HIV/AIDS pandemic blighting sub-Saharan Africa won the POY World Understanding Award in 2003. In [...]

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Satoki Nagata: Documenting The World to Discover Yourself

© Satoki Nagata

A Japanese photographer who has lived in downtown Chicago since 1992, Satoki Nagata is a passionately dispassionate photojournalist, a complex identity influenced by his background in both science and the Zen Buddhist tradition. Says Nagata in what amounts to an eloquent manifesto: “My goal as an artist is finding and showing the various connections forming [...]

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Buddhist Abbot Nicholas Vreeland: Tuscany

© Nicholas Vreeland

Nicholas Vreeland is a Tibetan Buddhist monk who was educated in Europe, North Africa and the United States. He later pursued a career in photography and in the late ’60s and early ’70s worked as an assistant to Irving Penn and Richard Avedon. Vreeland was introduced to his teacher, Khyongla Rato Rinpoche and The Tibet [...]

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Michael Agel: Music in Pictures – The Montreux Jazz Festival 2012

Nada Surf © Michael Agel

Founded by Claude Nobs in 1967, the Montreux Jazz Festival has become an unmissable event for music fans in Switzerland and around the world.  Musical greats such as Miles Davis, Ray Charles, David Bowie and Prince have graced its stages with their talent.  Santana, Paul Simon, Deep Purple, Sting and Seal have all performed on the [...]

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The Opening of Leica Mayfair, London

Leica Mayfair, London Opening

On 10 July 2012, Leica Camera Ltd. officially opened the doors to its brand new premises at 27 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London W1. Located opposite the Leica Store Mayfair, the new retail complex incorporates Café Optik on the ground floor, a complimentary café-style area for Leica owners. Here customers can seek advice and technical support from Leica’s [...]

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Otto Schulze: The Wonder of The Streets

© Otto Shulze

As a photojournalist currently based in New York, Otto Schulze has photographed weddings all over the world, and his personal fine art documentary work has also been exhibited in numerous galleries worldwide. In 2008, Otto was named as one of the Top 15 fine art wedding photojournalists in the world by the AGWPJA, as well [...]

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Werner Bischof: Generation X – India and Japan


In the 1950s, Magnum created portfolios for “Generation X.” As a group project every photographer was tasked with  portraying the new generation in the country he was visiting. The selected individuals were each interviewed using the same questionnaire, herein creating a fascinating portrait of a future generation. “Generation X” was then published throughout the world and [...]

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John Lou Miles: A Sensual, Surreal Tale of Two Great Cities

How Much Longer Will This Youth Last? © John Lou Miles

John Lou Miles is a passionate young photographer who lives just south of L.A. and shoots with a Leica M8, X1 and Leica lenses ranging from 28-75mm. He is an engaging, emerging pro with a wry sense of humor and an astute eye for capturing the contrasts, ambiguities and strangeness of everyday life in the big [...]

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Facing Change: Documenting America – Anthony Suau

Fighting Back – Cleveland’s Inner City Boxing

“Telling the story is really what we want to do, and that’s the fundamental idea behind everything that we’re doing – it’s really being able to tell these stories that are going on out there and address these issues.” A nonprofit collective of dedicated photojournalists and writers came together to explore America and to build [...]

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Restless Collective: The Geography of Youth

France © Morrigan McCarthy

Restless Collective is a photography and multimedia collective formed by Alan Winslow and Morrigan McCarthy in 2010 as an umbrella for joint projects. Right now, their main project is titled The Geography of Youth. The goal of this project is to promote global connections and understanding within the next generation by documenting through photography what life [...]

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Kike Calvo: Exploring The Fine Art of Ballet Photography

Colombian professional ballet dancer © Kike Calvo

An award-winning photographer, bilingual journalist and author, Kike (pronounced key-key) Calvo was born in Zaragoza, Spain. He studied economics in Spain, but it was his experience in earning a B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Idaho that ultimately shaped his passion for photography. During his illustrious career as a photographer over [...]

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Carl Merkin: A Brief History of LHSA Special Editions

LHSA Hammertone MP set with baseplate and caps

Since it was founded in 1968, LHSA, The International Leica Society, has had a close working relationship with Leica Camera. Over the years the Society has commissioned Leica to produce a number of special edition cameras. The early editions were small numbers of regular production cameras with engravings to commemorate anniversaries of the Society, but [...]

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Mark Seacat: Finding Himself in “Searching for West”

© Seacat Creative

Growing up with breathtaking Bozeman, Montana as a backdrop, it’s no wonder that Mark Seacat found his passion in the outdoors as well as in filmmaking. There is grandeur about the area that inspires reverence. “Searching for West” was born out of a time when Mark’s son, West, came into his life, and he contemplated [...]

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