François Fontaine: Photograms of a Dream-Like Paris with the Leica X Vario, Part 1

© François Fontaine

Explore Paris with photographer François Fontaine, born in Paris in 1968 and equipped here with a Leica X Vario for a joint commission on the part of Starwood Luxury Collection and Leica Camera. On this visual tour, we shall journey through famous gardens and museums, but also little-known, offbeat Parisian spots, photographed in ways that [...]

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#DasPlaetzchen: Holiday Cookie Contest

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Get out the sugar, flour, and baking supplies, we’re bringing back our Holiday Cookie Contest and have some new things in store! The idea behind this competition comes from the German tradition of spending time in the kitchen during the holiday season baking up “plaetzchen,” sweet cookies that come in all shapes and colors. The [...]

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#LeicaFotopark: Rutger Pauw is Here, Where are You?

© Rutger Pauw

Leica Camera is celebrating the grand opening of Leica Fotopark, the online platform where you can discover, exchange, organize and create! This series examines the photographers who are the first members of the Leica Fotopark community and helped test the platform. Here, they share their thoughts and impressions. Rutger Pauw grew up around Rotterdam in [...]

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Ryoma Kashiwagi: An Artist’s View of Le Mans

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Fascinated with photography and motor racing at a very young age, Ryoma Kashiwagi spent a dozen years as a successful photojournalist covering the Middle East before finding his true calling as a fine art fashion photographer. Here he shares the fascinating story of how he came to create “Le Mans Classic 2014,” a work that may [...]

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Gianluca Panella: Gaza Blackout’s Backstage

© Gianluca Panella

Born in Florence in 1976, Gianluca Panella, is a photographer who has recently been based in Jerusalem. In the course of this interview, he tells us about his journey towards a photojournalism that can fully integrate the author’s vision in rendering information. He also details the ideas and methods behind the creation of his “Gaza [...]

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David English: Reverberations

Manhattan Store Window #4 (Leica M Monochrom, 28 mm Summicron), © David English

What do music and photography have in common? Quite a lot, it turns out. You might think of one as moving and the other as static. However, photography — even within its fixed frame — can flow from one extreme to another. Or it can set up a pattern that repeats and evolves within the [...]

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Curt O. Schaller: Appreciating the Abstraction of Black and White

© Curt O. Schaller

Curt O. Schaller, cameraman, steadicam operator and photographer, works professionally on the development of the optimization of camera stabilizing systems and accessories, for camera accessories manufacturer Sachtler. He now photographs his catalog himself with a Leica M and his R lenses. While perfection in this case is central, when he works on his own projects [...]

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Claire Yaffa – Thoughts of Poets, Philosophers and Dreamers, Chapter 33

© Claire Yaffa

Claire Yaffa took her first photograph 48 years ago when her son was 18 months old and it was the beginning of her journey, first as a mother, then as a photographer. She has worked extensively for The New York Times and Associated Press. Her photographs have appeared in countless influential publications and have been [...]

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Frank Stewart: The Changing Face of Jazz

© Frank Stewart

Frank Stewart was born in Nashville, Tennessee and grew up in Memphis and Chicago. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago and received a BFA in photography. Stewart has had numerous solo and group shows at Cooper Union Gallery, Washington Project for the Arts, Studio Museum in Harlem, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, [...]

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Oliver Richter: Mountain Hiking with the V-Lux

© Oliver Richter

An instructor at the Leica Akademie, Oliver Richter is involved with courses focusing on picture composition; his main work, however, deals with all the outdoor workshops and experiential travel. Whenever he has a chance, he heads outdoors with a Leica S in his rucksack. But when he recently went on a hike in the mountains, [...]

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François Fontaine: “Silenzio!”

François Fontaine, "Silenzio!" séries, 2012 / Courtesy A. galerie, Paris.

Born in Paris in 1968, photographer François Fontaine is represented by the A.galerie in Paris and the Agence VU. His dreamlike and timeless photographic style bears the traces of his long haul travels, literature and film. On the occasion of the exhibition of his “Silenzio!” series at the Leica space during the famous Paris Photo [...]

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Udo Bernhart: Around the World with a Camera

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Udo Bernhart was young when he first got the itch to travel. From Iceland to Peru, from Patagonia to Mongolia, his book “Draußen: Mit der Kamera durch die Welt” (Out There: Around the World with a Camera) represents a cross section of his extensive travels. At the same time, the pictures witness his long journey [...]

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Mohan Bhasker: Photographic Goals in the Arctic

© Mohan Bhasker

I was looking forward to my photography expedition to the Norwegian fjords and Arctic. The excitement was a combination of the sheer beauty I was about to experience and encounter, but I also had three specific goals I wanted to attain with my Leica M: 1. To try the new firmware 2. To shoot black-and-white [...]

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Lars Netopil: 60 Years of Leica M

60 Years of Leica M Exhibit

2014 is not just the 100th anniversary year of Leica photography, but it also marks the 60th birthday of the Leica M. To celebrate the occasion, the Leica Museum at Leitz Park presents a special exhibition spanning six decades of the Leica M-System. We were able to speak with Lars Netopil, curator of the exhibition. [...]

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Peer Kugler: Berlin Wall Memorial

© Peer Kugler

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the city, the Berlin Wall Memorial stands as a reminder of that monstrous construction. Peer Kugler’s photo series “Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer” (Berlin Wall Memorial) reflects the horror still felt for the once more than 150 kilometre-long concrete barrier. Q: Mr. Kugler, [...]

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