This past Friday, the Leica Store DC hosted a gallery opening for famed photojournalist David Burnett‘s Apollo XI 50th anniversary photo series, We Choose to Go to the Moon. Though the astronauts made it to the Moon in 1969, my wife and I barely made it to DC! We were about 40 minutes late but […]Read more "We Choose to Go to the Moon; David Burnett @ the Leica Store DC"
I recently watched a movie with my kids about the Cottingley Fairies. The film was a bit of a snoozer but it was my introduction to the true story of two little girls who, between 1917 and 1920 took beautiful b&w glass plate photographs of one another interacting with fairies in the forest behind their […]Read more "These Photos, Taken by Two Little Girls in 1917, are Gorgeous"
Instead of reviewing yet another needless classic camera, I wanted to talk about products that will actually help our photography while still indulging our universal fixation on gear; developing tanks. If you are interested in developing your own film or have been doing it for decades, hopefully you find this review useful in some far […]Read more "Paterson Film Developing Tank Review"
One day, you feel inspired to take some photos with your trusty old K1000. That old camera never lets you down! You open that cool, old case you’ve been lovingly storing your Pentax gear in, load some film and head out the door filled with high spirits. But when you uncap the lens and look […]Read more "Is There a Gremlin Lurking In Your K1000?"
“Legacy? I’m a worker in the factory; all we care about is today! A legacy… what a bunch of baloney.” Last week, photographer Bill Cunningham’s posthumously compiled book was released and I immediately scooped up a copy. You should too! Bill Cunningham was a prolific photographer who famously documented remarkably dressed but average people on […]Read more "A Review of Sorts, Bill Cunningham: On the Street"
I spent last week on vacation in North Carolina. I’m still working my way through this summer’s wedding photos so it will be some time before I process my personal vacation photos. But in the meantime, I wanted to share a rather unusual experience I had. We had the air conditioning of our beach house […]Read more "Lookout! Camera Condensation!"
I guess that I don’t typically shoot my Leitz 50’s in wooded areas. But slowly, an image here, and image there, I began to notice something. When I shot portraits at closer distances and wider apertures in wooded areas with my Leitz Summitar and Summarit lenses, I got something unexpected. Something that I’d always associated […]Read more "Discovering The Swirl"
It was announced today that b&w fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh has passed away at age 74. I’ll leave the detailed articles of his storied career for the big publications to cover and encourage all portrait shooters to seek them out! But speaking as a grainy black and white film photographer, I wanted to share some […]Read more "Salute the Grain; The Passing of Peter Lindbergh"
When I was visiting New York City this past year, to photograph MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT, I accidentally damaged my 1930 Leica. I stopped by The Leica Store, SOHO and talked to them about the problem. I was told that Leica, only in the last several years stopped accepting service requests on […]Read more "The 2019 Leica Repair Tech List"
Between the years of 1940 and 1951, the skilled craftspeople at the Leica factory in Wetzlar, Germany painstakingly hand-crafted and hand-assembled one hundred and thirty one thousand Model IIIc 35mm rangefinder type camera bodies. The vast majority of which featured no unusual markings, no rare customization. Just many thousands of perfectly mass produced, boringly precise […]Read more "Tempered Indulgence, the Leica IIIc"