Wim Wenders - Photography is Dead

Renowned German film director and photographer Wim Wenders has hit out at phone "photography." Speaking at an exhibition of his Polaroid works, he said photography was dead and thinks mobile phones are to blame. Read more and check out the video below...

History of Photography in 5 Minutes

The fun, informative video below from COOPH expertly explains anything and everything you ever wanted to know about the art of photography. From its ancient beginnings with the discovery of the camera obscura technique—and its use by iconic painters Rembrandt, Vermeer and Caravaggio—to the advances of heliography and daguerreotype. These discoveries soon began to build and drive the advancement of photography forward at a much faster rate. Read more below for the video!

Enjoy a Dip in Our Flickr Pools!

La Vida Leica is so much more than this website... As you may know, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ - but did you know we also run several Flickr groups? Some may have seen our Leica M pool already, and to celebrate the introduction of the new Leica T we are proud to present our latest effort, the Leica T pool! Everyone is welcome to join and share their photos with the world. Enjoy!

And remember, you can pre-order your new Leica T from any of our sponsors; B&H, Adorama and Leica Store Miami!

6000 Leica Photos Immortalized

The Kleine Zeitung (Little Newspaper) of Austria writes about "6000 Immortalized Adventure Photos" (in German) and how they were almost thrown away... The story revolves around photos shot by St. Veiter Erwin and Gretl Holzmann - both ardent adventurers and prolific Leica shooters. The photos were rediscovered and saved by Wolfgang Hammerschlag and Konstantin Kiesling (pictured above, respectively). Read more below for translation.

Official Leica M Sample Images

Today Leica has posted the first official M (Type 240) Performance Proofs (sample photos) on their website. The lenses cover a good range from the latest APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH to a Noctilux-M 50mm f/1 and even an adapted R lens. Shooters include our friends Jono Slack and Chris Tribble. Read more below for the full list.

Latest Leica M Sample Photos Surface

New samples from the upcoming Leica M (Type 240) body have surfaced on the Leica blog. Although the EXIF info might state an M9 was used, Leica is suggesting they're from the new M in this Facebook post.

Jean Gaumy originally traveled to Kyrgyzstan in 2000. In 2012, he went back and we will follow him on his return through a photographic journey with the new Leica M. In episode 1, Gaumy shows the changes and differences Bishkek, the capital, and the entire county have undergone since that first trip.

Back To Kyrgyzstan - A Photographic Journey with Jean Gaumy: A Day in Bishkek, Episode 1