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René Burri

Magnum Photos Photographer

Magnum photographer René Burri at his book signing in the Photographers' Gallery book shop, Ramillies Street, London. April 24, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Magnum photographer René Burri at his book signing in the Photographers’ Gallery book shop, Ramillies Street, London. April 24, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

I always enjoy meeting photographers’ whose work I’ve admired for decades; whose images I’ve grown up with and have helped form my interest in photography and further my understanding of it. It’s even a bigger joy when the person in question turns out to be a wonderful person. I’m thankful to say René Burri certainly fits the bill (as did Sebastião Salgado recently).

I attended a book signing of René Burri’s new book, Impossible Reminiscences at the Photographers’ Gallery book shop. I must admit, at first look, it was not what I was expecting. I hadn’t seen this side of the work and it’s absolutely fascinating. A combination of great reportage, street photography, social commentary in a quirky way (well before Martin Parr made it trendy), in colour, all published in one beautiful book. It’s well worth checking out. Whilst there I also took advantage and got a copy of René Burri Photographs which is just wonderful; filled with the images he is perhaps best known for. A title worth having for any photographer.

The evening concluded with a fascinating talk about various images and assignments, focusing mainly on the new book and the imagery within. Very enjoyable and interesting indeed!

The Magnificent One: Philip Jones Griffiths

A Wonderful Film By Donna Ferrato & Emmanuel Trousse

A beautifully intimate film on the legendary Magnum photojournalist Philip Jones Griffiths, featuring a lot of his amazing work and also very interesting interviews with his Magnum Photos colleagues.

Steve McCurry Shoots The Pirelli Calendar

Behind The Scenes Video

Steve McCurry is definitely one of my favourite photojournalists and an absolute master of his art. I was a little surprised to hear he shot the Pirelli Calendar for 2013, but watching this behind the scenes video makes the whole thing make sense! He shot it very much in his way and I love the concept of taking it away from the traditional nudes and making more about these amazing women featured. The style of images as one would expect are different too. Beautifully posed models, lit in some cases by LED lights, but juxtaposed against real surroundings, with elements of street photography and teh natural world around them.

Below is the short version of the video:

The photographs can be viewed HERE.

There is also a full length behind the scenes video too:

Leica’s New Announcements

The Leica M9-P

M9-P in Venice: The Making of from leica camera on Vimeo.

Magnum photographer Alex Majoli took the new Leica M9-P on a journey through Venice. Alex Majoli accompanied one of the around 700 gondolieri for several days and captured a sensitive portrait of the gondolier and his city. Here is a behind the scenes view of Alex’s journey through Venice.

Leica M9-P from leica camera on Vimeo.

Introducing the new Leica M9-P.

The Leica M9-P in black finish with a Leica 50mm Summilux-M f1.4 ASPH lens.

On June the 21st, Leica launched the M9-P. In a nutshell, it’s an M9 but with a different top plate and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal covering on the rear LCD. The design is a much simpler design, similar to the MP and mirrors the M3 too. What I love about the ‘new’ look of the M9-P is it’s simple and clean. No red dot, no writing on the front at all. My choice for work would be the black version (although the chrome does look extremely gorgeous!). Therefore, for the pro shooter or anyone wanting to remain a bit more discreet, there’s no need to tape up the front; no red dot, no M9, nothing. It’s just clean, elegant and simple. There’s a lovely engraving at the top taken from the old Leica script and that’s about it. Less really is more.

The rear screen of the Leica M9-P with the sapphire crystal covering.

The rear screen sapphire crystal cover is said to be virtually indestructible, so this camera seems to be a clearer choice for the photographer working in more hazardous conditions. In my opinion, the M9-P is definitely aimed more towards the pro who uses his camera as a tool and I feel with it’s stealthier look and toughened screen, will serve well. The M9-P is slightly more expensive than the M9 and comes in at a UK suggested retail price of £5395.00.

Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f3.4 ASPH with the hood fitted

One of the other announcements was a very compact 21mm lens; the Super-Elmar-M 21mm f3.4 ASPH. Looking at sample images, it’s extremely low distortion with really rather nice image rendition. The UK suggested retail price is £2025.00.

Lastly and perhaps just as importantly as the product launches was an announcement that Magnum Photos and Leica have signed a technology and photographic co-operation agreement. From it’s very early days, Leica and Magnum Photos have had a bond; a historic bond that continues to this day. The great Magnum photographers like Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastiao Salgado created their most memorable work on Leica cameras. It’s great to see this relationship continue and I’m really looking forward to seeing what this collaboration produces in terms of work. One of the early fruits can already be seen on the first video in this article, on Alex Majoli’s trip to Venice.

Leica & Magnum: Past Present Future from leica camera on Vimeo.

A core principal which framed the establishment of Magnum Photos in 1947 was the belief that photographers should have a point of view in their imagery that transcended any formulaic recording of contemporary events. This tradition continues today with the new series of photographic essays being produced by Magnum and Leica.
Burning curiosity breeds evocative expression and it is precisely this spirit which Magnum and Leica will be supporting through this new agreement to create and publish new multimedia essays that will take a deeper look into the stories behind the photographs.
The stories will cover new works by Magnum photographers addressing contemporary themes as well as investigations into the archives of photographers career-long obsessions to share Magnum photographer’s individual journeys and unique ways of storytelling.
The voice on this movie is that of Alice George, former head of Magnum.
New stories will be presented on online at http://www.leica-camera.com, http://www.lfi-online.de and http://inmotion.magnumphotos.com/.