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Keegan Allen, Leica Shooter

USA Today has an article today on Keegan Allen (25) called, "Keegan Allen never leaves home without a Leica." You might ask yourself, "who?" Keegan's an actor who received his breakout role in ABC Family's hit series "Pretty Little Liars." His cameras of choice are the Leica M4, M6 (which was a present from his father when he was 10 years old), M Monochrom and M (Type 240). He's even got a book out now called "" Read more below for additional photo.

A lot of people are stunned — why would you buy a camera that only shoots in black and white?" Because the end result is that it "looks like film. You can shoot in pitch black and it captures every detail. It's like a medium between digital and film.

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!

Leica Wall Calendar 2015 Announced

It's that time of year again - where the next year's Leica Wall Calendar is announced. The upcoming 2015 edition features designs by Thomas Hoepker, winner of the Leica Hall of Fame Awards 2014, which features a selection of 13 designs (color and black and white) from an extensive six decades of his life's work. The Leica Wall Calendar 2015 is an A3 format (420x297mm), published by teNeues, and is available in the Leica stores and LFI online shop. The suggested retail price is 24.95€ (about $31 USD). Read more below for full details!


10+ Free Street Photography eBooks

Over on the Huffington Post (Arts & Culture) is an article worth checking out, called "10 Free Must-Read Street Photography eBooks." They're by various authors and cover a variety of subjects, but mostly street photography - and all free. What's not to like? Some of the authors are La Vida Leica fans, even - Alex Coghe and Chris Weeks to name a couple. Definitely worth checking out. Read more below for list and links!


New Book: Eyes Wide Open - 100 Years of Leica

Leica Camera announced a new book to celebrate their 100 year anniversary, called "Eyes Wide Open - 100 Years of Leica". This 500 page book, measuring 10.6 x 12.5" (27 x 31,8 cm) is now available for pre-order. Read more below for links and full details!

New M Magazine on M Photography

M Magazine is a new magazine for Leica M Photography (and is available in print, on iTunes and Google Play). The first issue features Bruce Gilden, Trent Parke, Alex Webb, Jan Grarup, Anton Kusters, Ciril Jazbec and other pictures taken by acclaimed Leica photographers. Read more below!