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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 Rediscovers 1930s Aerial Photos of China

Both Der Tagesspiegel (in English) and Die Welt (in English) are reporting on an interesting story of rediscovered negatives from the 30's, shot by a gentleman by the name of Wulf-Diether Graf zu Castell-Rudenhausen - of a then urbanizing China. These digitized photos are now on display and making some rounds. Read more below!

Mary Ellen Mark, Leica Shooter, Dies at 75

Those in the Leica circle are no stranger to the name Mary Ellen Mark. It is with great sadness that we must inform our readers that she has passed... She was 75. Time has an article entitled, "In Memoriam: Mary Ellen Mark (1940 – 2015)" that's worth a read. She was an avid Leica shooter, owning four Leica cameras - two M4-2s, one M4-P and one M-6 along with five Leitz lenses. She was featured on the Leica blog several times and even held appearances and workshops at Leica stores.

HCB: Famous Photographers Tell How (1958)

Here is an interview from 1958, Henri Cartier-Bresson: Famous Photographers Tell How. Read more below for a complete transcript!

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Famous Photographers Tell How, 1958

Nick Ut Interview in Vanity Fair

Regulars of the site and Leica shooters in general are likely familiar with Nick Ut. One of his photos, "Napalm Girl" (seen above) of then nine year old Kim Phuc running from a napalm attack in Trang Bang, Vietnam on June 8, 1972 is one of the most iconic photos of the war and the 20th century in general. Check out this newly-posted review in Vanity Fair, "Photographer Who Took Iconic Vietnam Photo Looks Back, 40 Years After the War Ended" regarding that day. It was shot with his Leica M2 and 35mm f/2 lens. That camera is now in the Newseum in Washington.

The Haight: Love, Rock, and Revolution

Jim Marshall, as many of you may know - was a successful (Leica) photographer that captured incredible images in and around Haight-Ashbury (San Francisco) and the wider music scene from 1965 to 1968. As we reported about a year ago, he was awarded a Grammy posthumously after passing away on March 26, 2010. HuffPo has a story running called "The Haight: Love, Rock, and Revolution" which talks about the book of the same name which features more than 300 color and black-and-white photographs that he shot during this time. Definitely worth checking out.