Leica

I came across this wonderful article about the cult of Leica today, which reminded me of my dad’s obsession with the German camera manufacturer.

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He took up photography a few years back to the extent that he turned the cupboard under our stairs into a dark room.

Books about Henri Cartier-Bresson and the history of Leica started appearing in the house, as did some admittedly excellent shots that he had taken and had had blown up.

I remember coming home from university one year with my new girlfriend for the first time only to be confronted by my dad wielding a new camera and snapping away like David Bailey. The poor girl was a bit bemused at first but one of the shots my dad got of us ended up framed and on our wall for the next few years.

My trusty Panasonic DMC-FZ10 has a 12x Leica lens and, while the camera is as old as the hills and is only 4 mega-pixels, I doubt I could find a better lens now for less than a few hundred pounds.

Anyway, anyone who has more than a passing interest in photography will get a lot out of the article. Some famous Leica enthusiasts? Cartier-Bresson, Lee Friedlander, Queen Elizabeth II, Diane Arbus, Spike Jonze, Albert Korda, Nan Goldin.

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