Archive for the ‘Guest Blog Posts’ Category

Claire Yaffa – Thoughts of Poets, Philosophers and Dreamers, Chapter 35

© 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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Knut Skjærven: Thank You, Mr. President, For Sending Your Secretary of State

© Knut Skjærven

Knut Skjærven met Andrew Eames, Elliott Erwitt, Will McBride, Thomas Hoepker and U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, during 10 days in Berlin. Below, he shares his story. We split up at Checkpoint Charlie. Andrew Eames went right. He needed to go back to the hotel to prepare for an article on the tunnel system [...]

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Aaron C. Greenman: China Jiangsu

© Aaron C. Greenman

As a self-proclaimed brilliant businessman once lectured me, “the entire world is becoming global.” Equally insightful (or not), small signs demonstrating humanity’s universality are clearly everywhere – and in China’s Jiangsu province, there are likely more than most anywhere else, certainly per square meter. Once again the headlines and catch lines used by the world’s [...]

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John Langmore: Open Range – Photographing America’s Big Outfit Cowboys

S Ranch - Pryor, MT 2 © John Langmore

John Langmore is an Austin, Texas based photographer known for his long-term work on East Austin and Oaxaca, Mexico. He grew up in a family of great photographers  – most notably his father, Bank Langmore, who established himself as one of the preeminent photographers of the American West in the 1970s. A professional and committed photographer, John [...]

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Damian Heinisch: Monochrom in Color

© Damien  Heinisch

During the past four years I have travelled across Europe searching for traces of my family history. The destinations of my search brought me to the Donetsk area in Ukraine, Gliwice in Poland, the town of Essen in Germany and finally home to Oslo. I travelled by train to all destinations, since train journeys played [...]

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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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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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Aaron C. Greenman: Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai

© Aaron C. Greenman

To foreigners who have lived in India, the “incredible” tagline in the country’s current marketing campaign is truly fitting. Everything about the country – its history, architecture, culture, cuisine, population and noise – is “incredible,” if not genuinely overwhelming. Perhaps more than anything, the country’s religious festivals operate on a scale unknown in the rest [...]

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Mary McCartney: Capturing the People at The Goodwood Revival

© Mary McCartney

Born in London in 1969, Mary McCartney’s photographic work has focused on discovering those rare moments of unguarded, emotionally-charged intimacy that offers us a new insight to the subject. McCartney’s work has concentrated on the world of portrait and candid reportage photography and is suffused with a deep personal investment that captures the creative chemistry [...]

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Ted Dwane: Demon Drome Wall of Death

© Ted Dwane

Ted Dwane is a London based photographer and musician in the Grammy Award winning band Mumford & Sons. Ted recently attended The Goodwood Revival on behalf of Leica, along with Mary McCartney, and was granted special access to capture this wonderful festival. Below are his impressions of the Demon Drome Wall of Death, which was on-hand [...]

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Craig Semetko: Impressions from St. Moritz Art Masters

© Craig Semetko

I spent last week at the St. Moritz Art Masters in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The first one took place in 2008. In the past seven short years, it has become one of the premiere art festivals in the world, featuring such diverse contemporary artists as Ai Weiwei, Steve McCurry, James Turell and Joel Meyerowitz, among dozens [...]

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David English: Shadow Boxing

Parallel Worlds © David English

I love classic black-and-white films. They can provide both creative inspiration and practical techniques for using an M Monochrom camera. Case in point are the Hollywood film noirs from roughly 1946 to 1958. Some of the more visually interesting ones use hard-edged shadows and large areas of darkness to emphasize the film’s characters or to [...]

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Aaron C. Greenman: Fotopoesía

© Aaron C. Greenman

Spain’s back roads deliver a historical lesson of layered Christianity and Islam: fincas, plazas de toros, pastors, queseros, viñeros, oleicultors; and perhaps more than anything, a story guided by access to light, arable land, and fresh water. The landscape and its people – particularly to this photographer with his reference to the new world – mirror [...]

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36 Pictures on the Roll with Paal Audestad

© Paal Audestad

He only had one chance. This is how it went when Norwegian photographer Paal Audestad was reunited with his old Leica camera. He gave himself a task. Audestad had just been reunited with his old Leica M4 from 1967 after a long time apart. The task was to fill a roll of film with 36 [...]

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Oliver Bierhoff: Photo Impressions of the World Cup, Part 5

© Oliver Bierhoff

Today the German National Team will be facing the host nation, Brazil, for the first of the semi-final matches. After three football-free days, the team has set off for Belo Horizonte, where they will once more put their expertise and their luck to the test on the green pitch. However, the journey shouldn’t end there: [...]

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