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Leica Survives the Digital Shift

The Wall Street Journal has a piece called "Leica Survives the Digital Shift" which rehashes a bit of recent Leica history that we're all aware of; the struggle during the latter film years to the new-found niche in digital. Sprinkled with the names of a few famous Leica photographers, mention of a couple of outlandish special editions for shock value and there you have it. Still, an interesting read - and oddly timed, considering The End is Nigh: Leica Edition. Read more below for analysis.

Complicated - Like a Leica

The Guardian has an interesting piece, "Why we should design things to be difficult to use" that posits the interesting notion that product design is headed the wrong way... Not that a Leica is "complicated" but rather that everything else these days is designed to be too simple. Nothing makes one think anymore. A bit of an irony, considering just about every other camera available today... But we have to agree with the author in spirit. Read more below.

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Finding Your Muse

Today we are pleased to present the third guest post by John Tuckey (the first was "Into the Shadows" and the second "Essence of Earhart" if you missed them). If you're not aware, John Tuckey has, in a few short years, built a reputation for high quality monochrome images with a distinctive look heavily influenced by the golden era of Hollywood portraiture. You can read more about John, his work and workshops on his website, Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Be sure to also check out our recent review of his "101" workshop! Read more below for the article!

Economist Releases Safe Cities Index 2015

Not directly photography related, admittedly - but if you're a travel or street photographer, or just deciding on your next vacation, this latest report could have a great impact on your shooting. The Economist has compiled the latest statistics and released the Safe Cities Index 2015. Tokyo leads the cities worldwide, all the way down to Frankfurt, Germany at number 20. New York City is smack-dab in the middle at number 10. Read more below for the complete list!

Essence of Earhart

Today we are pleased to present the second of several upcoming guest posts by John Tuckey (the first was "Into the Shadows" if you missed it). If you're not aware, John Tuckey has, in a few short years, built a reputation for high quality monochrome images with a distinctive look heavily influenced by the golden era of Hollywood portraiture. You can read more about John, his work and workshops on his website, Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Read more below for the article!

Into the Shadows

Today we are pleased to present the first of several upcoming guest posts by John Tuckey. If you're not aware, John Tuckey has, in a few short years, built a reputation for high quality monochrome images with a distinctive look heavily influenced by the golden era of Hollywood portraiture. You can read more about John, his work and workshops on his website, on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Read more below for the article!

Who is Dirk Vogel - Leica Shooter

Dirk Vogel (no, not that one), 45, hails from a town in Germany very near and dear to our hearts - Lüdenscheid/Altena (though now he lives in Dortmund, not far away). As a freelance photographer, he primarily uses a Canon 5D and Leica M9... But for his personal work he prefers black and white film to use with one of his multiple film Leicas, including an M3, M2, M4, M5, 2xM6, R6.2 and R8! He's shared his setups not once but twice. He's had several exhibitions and even published a couple of books. There's an extensive interview, mostly about the latter, with him on the local website unser Lünsche (our Lüdenscheid) called "Who is Dirk Vogel?" (in German) by Iris Kannenberg. Read more below for translation!

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