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Story Behind Mary Ellen Mark' Smoking Girl

Mary Ellen Mark was an acclaimed and prolific American photographer - known in part, for shooting a Leica. Sadly, on May 25, 2015 at the age of 75, Mary Ellen Mark passed away. One of her iconic photos, titled "Amanda and her cousin Amy" (seen above) is a classic example of her style and subject matter. As with any good photo, especially of this sort, there's a story behind it. Over on the NPR there's an article on that very story - "What Happened To The 9-Year-Old Smoking In Mary Ellen Mark's Photo?". Read more below!

Leica on the Future of Sensor Technology

In an article over on Germany's ColorFoto website, there's a discussion by "Leica on the future of sensor technology" (in German). A lot of interesting bits on the sensor of the M and using both R lenses and classic M lenses on it, some CMOS vs. CCD and even the future of the S system. Well worth checking out. Read more below for translation!

Another Leica M3 Gets a Reboot

Chuck Miller over at the Times Union newspaper up in Albany, NY - was gifted a lovely, slightly tattered Leica M3 a while back. He goes on to say that it needed a CLA (not an "LCA") and new leather, as the vulcanite had seen better days. Some quick work by a name that should be familiar to all - Sherry Krauter - and it was looking (and working) as good as new again! Congrats on a beautiful camera that should last another lifetime or two! Happy shooting, Chuck.

Leica Still Among Germany's Top Luxury Brands

As we reported back in 2013 in the article "Leica leads in top-50 luxury brands", Handelsblatt once again gives us a peek at the top German luxury brands - though perhaps not in as much detail as the last time. Leica is listed as number three in "These are the strongest German luxury brands." A little unfortunate in a sense - as we posted earlier, the Leica Q received the wrong kind of attention. By "wrong" we mean Leica being associated as a luxury brand - and not so much a "camera company" that made them what they are... They're in good company with the likes of Montblanc (1), Graf von Faber Castell (7), Porsche (9) and BMW (10).

Mobile Film Lab Tours the USA

Over on indieWIRE comes news of this awesomeness ever to prowl our streets... By way of "This Mobile Lab Will Help Keep 35mm Film Alive 'Breaking Bad'-Style." In the last week of March 2015 the Alpha Mobile Film Laboratory was unveiled at a ceremony hosted by the British Society of Cinematographers at the famous Pinewood Studios. The lab - officially known as "Alpha 1" - is a state-of-the-art full-service film processing facility entirely housed in a 44-foot-long mobile trailer. The Alpha 1 has been packed up in England, shipped to New York and is currently in the midst of a tour of the United States. Keep your eye out!

Leica Q Receives Wrong Kind of Attention

Everything that's wrong with Leica today can be summed up fairly simply, as seen in the "Father’s Day Photography Gift List 2015" over on the L.A. Times site. It's great that the new Leica Q (Type 116) camera made the list, except that its inclusion is a bit dubious. First and foremost, it's not described as an awesome performer (which it is) but rather, "the ultimate photography status symbol" that's "the perfect camera to carry around town on your shoulder." That's the first half - the second half complains of the $4,250 USD price tag. Oh well. Read more below!

HuffPost: Should Try the Leica MP

Over on the Huffington Post (Arts & Culture) is an article called "10 Classic Cameras Every Photographer Should Try." Definitely an eclectic list, with some iconic cameras among them. While we might not agree with all of the choices, we can certainly get behind number three... The Leica MP! Read more below.

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