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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Andrew Esiebo: Social Identities and Cultural Imaginaries in West Africa Through the Barbershop Lens

© Andrew Esiebo

Born in 1978, Andrew Esiebo is an acclaimed Lagos-based photographer whose work has been exhibited and published worldwide. Devoting his photo/multimedia work to urban societal issues, he recently turned his gaze to West African barbershops. Their spaces, styles and practices revealed themselves extremely rich to explore issues such as (male) social identities, collective imaginaries and [...]

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Craig Semetko: How to Use a Leica M Camera

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What makes the Leica M different from SLRs? Watch the above video to discover the capabilities of the Leica M with Craig Semetko, an American photographer based in Los Angeles. Craig’s work includes the books “UNPOSED,” which was released in 2010 and “INDIA UNPOSED” that came out in April 2014. In this video and below, [...]

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

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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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Meet the Leica Meet: Gavin Mills, Invisible People

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This interview is part of a series in which Olaf Willoughby talks with Leica Meet members about their photographic projects, their stories, goals and learnings along the way. This month’s interview is with Gavin Mills, an international DJ and behind-the-scenes music industry photographer. Gavin’s strength lies in developing a deep rapport with the homeless people [...]

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Alexander von Wiedenbeck: Après le Grand Déluge

© Alexander van Wiedenbeck

A compassionate photographer documents the grim but hopeful aftermath of the Great European Floods of 2013. Q: We last interviewed you in March 2014 for your work “OBSESSION FOR FREEDOM.” What have you been up to photographically and professionally since then? A: Oh, a lot has happened in the meantime: some productions in fashion and [...]

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Boubacar Touré Mandémory: Militant Photographer and Urban Senegalese Colorist

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Born in 1956, Boubacar Touré Mandémory is a Senegalese photographer whose work has crossed borders and been exhibited internationally. Highly instrumental in garnering recognition for both photography in his country and the status of Senegal’s photographers, he and other colleagues established the country’s first private photo agency in 1989 and the Dakar Photo Month in [...]

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Ramon Zuliani: Documenting the Wild, Gritty and Dynamic World of Skateboarding

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An emerging photographer who lives near Venice, Italy, Ramon Zuliani has an abiding passion for two things: photography and skateboarding. Both are clearly evident in this masterfully executed portfolio of compelling black-and-white images he shot on film with his Leica M6. Here he shares the story behind his latest work, “Depth and Speed,” taken with [...]

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Daniel Flaschar: Capturing More Than Meets the Eye

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Daniel Flaschar is a German photographer based in Berlin who discovered photography through his parents’ Pentax Spotmatic in his youth. He studied both medicine and visual communications before deciding on a full-time career in photography and now works mostly in advertising as well as portrait and personal reportage. Previously, we spoke to Daniel about his photo shoot at the [...]

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Léonard Pongo: Nothing But Ordinary Congo

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Born in Belgium in 1988, Léonard Pongo was one of the five POPCAP 2014 award winners for his series “The Uncanny”. Here, he discusses what inspired this work – namely the need to create a bond with his father’s family and country, the Democratic Republic of Congo – plus his process of “listening to images”, [...]

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David English: X Vario Black-and-White

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I love my Leica M Monochrom. I think it’s the best full-frame camera for black-and-white digital photography. I also have a Leica X Vario, which I purchased for color photography as a supplement to my M Monochrom. Turns out, the X Vario is also a great little camera for black-and-white photography. Surprisingly, I use it [...]

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Mark Mann: Celebrity Portraits at the Toronto International Film Festvial

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Mark Mann is a celebrity and sports photographer who was born in Glasgow. He studied at the prestigious photographic program at Manchester Polytechnic. After assisting photographers Nick Knight and Miles Aldridge, Mark started shooting on his own, relocating to New York City. Mark’s editorial work has appeared in Esquire, Men’s Health, Vibe, Spin, Fortune, Billboard, Parade and Complex, [...]

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Mircea Albutiu: Dedicated to the Dance

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Mircea Albutiu, a masterful Romanian dance photographer, documents the inspiring convergence of classical ballet and contemporary dance with available light and a Leica Monochrom. Q: We last interviewed you in January 2013. What have you been up to professionally since then? A: I have worked most with the ballet dancers for a new series called [...]

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Simon Puschmann: 365 Days with the Leica M Monochrom

© Simon Puschmann

Simon is an acclaimed, award-winning commercial photographer. For more than 20 years, he has been creating his own brand of dramatic, unexpected imagery for a prestigious clientele, including Audi, Citroen, BMW, BMW Sauber F1, Mercedes Benz, Doc Martens, FC St. Pauli, Lufthansa, Hamburg City Film Council, Volkswagen, and Mobil One NASCAR Racing and many more. Previously, [...]

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Jide Adeniyi-Jones: “Photography Forced Me to Establish a Point of View”

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Jide Adeniyi-Jones is a documentary photographer currently based in Kenya. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1952, he entered the field of professional photography twenty years later while in London. Since then he has developed long-term personal projects and more commercial assignments in Africa, Europe and the United States. Here, he introduces us to an ongoing [...]

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