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Famous Leica Photographers

By: Thorsten Overgaard. November 21, 2022.

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Some Leica photographers are famous because they took one or many historic photos. Other Leica photographers are famous for being in movies, playing guitar, or being influencers, or posessing some other excellent skill. Apart from being recognizeable, the Leica users featured on this page for your visual pleasure, share the love for photography and the Leica.

 

       
 

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Some of the celebrities and famous users of Leica has been Aleksandr Rodchenko, André Kertész, Walker Evans, François-Marie Banier, Garry Winogrand, Ed Clark, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Annie Leibovitz, Ernest Hemingway (IIIf), Robert Capa (aka Endre Ernö Friedmann), Jan Grarup, Robert McNeely, Bruce Gilden, Eugene Smith, Robert Frank, Ilse Bing (Queen of the Leica), William Klein, Nobuyoshi Araki, Garry Winogrand, Inge Morath, Lee Friedlander, Sheikh Saud Al Thani, Leni Riefenstahl, President Dmitry Medvedev and Sebastião Salgado.

 

The German entertainers, The Jacob Sisters holding a big Leica M in Las Vegas, 1967. © Bettmann/Corbis.
The dummy camera made of wood by the way still exist in a collection in the USA.

 

Queen Elizabeth II with Leica M6
Queen Elizabeth II used to use a silver Leica M3 with a Leica 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0 (Serial 15xxxxx) and also got a Leica M6 gifted from Leica Camera AG. She got the choice between a black and a silver Leica M6 and chooed the silver one with 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0

 

  Che Guevara 
with 90mm
 

Che Guevara
with 90mm
The Kiss (LIFE)
The Kiss (LIFE)
Mick Jagger by Bob Bonis
Mick Jagger by
Bob Bonis with M3

Other Leica users of fame is Bryan Adams, Seal, Annie Leibovitz, Lenny Kravitz, Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Ann Curry, Chow Yun Fat, Katie Hoff, Scarlett Johansson, Brendan Fraser, Jeff Bridges, Brad Pitt, Brigitte Bardot, Charles Bronson, Andy Lau, Woody Allen, Jamie Cullum, Paris Hilton, Kanye West, Yul Brynner, Wim Wenders, Bruce Springsteen, Posh Spice ... the list goes on.

The famous head shot of Che Guevara, reproduced on millions of rebellious T-shirts and student walls: that was taken on a Leica with a portrait lens — a short telephoto of 90 mm — by Alberto Díaz Gutiérrez, better known as Korda, in 1960.

The celebrated "The Kiss" in Times Square on V-J Day, 1945 — a sailor craned over a nurse, bending her backward, her hand raised against his chest in polite half-protestation. The man behind the camera was Alfred Eisenstaedt, of Life magazin. He did 80 frontpages for LIFE magazine in his lifetime and was a dedicated Leica user, having inflence on some of the tweaks to the classic design.

When the lost Beatles and lost Rolling Stones photographs emerged in 2010, it was thanks to their road manager from 1964-1967 Bob Bonis who always carried his Leica M3. How unbelieveable it might be, he was road manager for the hottest tickets back then .... and photographed them when they tried to fix their car, when at the pool outside the Fort Harrison hotel where they wrote "(I can't get no) Satisfaction- and many other exclusive moments.

 

 

 

     

The famous photo of the "Napalm girl" by Huynh Cong 'Nick' Ut of Associated Press was taken on June 8, 1972 with his Leica M2 and Leica Summicron 35/2 on a Kodak 400 ISO B&W film.

The photo very much changed the view on the Vietnam war, though President Nixon doubted its authencity - he thought it might have been 'fixed'.

The 9-year old girl in the photo, Phan Thi Kim Phúc, survived her burnings from the napalm bombing after 14 months in the hospital. The photographer took her to the hospital before he delivered the film to AP. She later founded an organization to help children of war. The image won the Pulizer Price.

 
     

The first adopters of the Leica

Dr. Paul Wolff was a local German photographer who got one of the very first Leica cameras ever made in 1925. Henri Cartier-Bresson was also an early adopter of the Leica (recommended to him by no other than Robert Capa), and happened to become the most famed "street photographer" ever. And there were others, but those two summarize the first and the biggest.

Also another curious detail of the Leica is that an astoundinglyis large number of female photographers used the Leica from the first years it came out. Or, perhaps the Leica enabled women to become photographers. I'll leave you with that thought to decide for yourself.

 

The first adopter of the Leica: Dr. Paul Wolff

"In granmothers summer house", by Dr. Paul Wolff (1887-1951) is a print I bought in 2013. Dr. Wolff was one of the first ambassadors of the Leica. A professional photographer from Frankfurt, he started working with the Leica despite most professional photographers view that "high quality has to be large format and big cameras". Dr. paul Wolff went on producing a large catalog of photographs using the Leica. Unfortunately his house and archive burned in 1940's, so only a few prints are remaining. I bought a handfull, and Leica bought most of what else was available (1200 prints in 2011 which they plan to put into an exhibition and book). See my article "Dr. Paul Wolff and the Leica"."In granmothers summer house", by Dr. Paul Wolff (1887-1951) is a print I bought in 2013. Dr. Wolff was one of the first ambassadors of the Leica. A professional photographer from Frankfurt, he started working with the Leica despite most professional photographers view that "high quality has to be large format and big cameras". Dr. paul Wolff went on producing a large catalog of photographs using the Leica. Unfortunately his house and archive burned in 1940's, so only a few prints are remaining. I bought a handfull, and Leica bought most of what else was available (1200 prints in 2011 which they plan to put into an exhibition and book). See my article "Dr. Paul Wolff and the Leica".

 

 

The greatest photographer using the Leica: Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson "Behind Saint Lazare" , or simply known as The Jumping Man, taken in Paris in 1932, taken with his first Leica, the Leica-Couplex (Leica D) with the 50mm Elmar f/3.5. Read my re-visit to the location in 2017, trying to recreate a similar scene, "Behind Saint-Lazare".
Henri Cartier-Bresson "Behind Saint Lazare" , or simply known as The Jumping Man, taken in Paris in 1932, taken with his first Leica, the Leica-Couplex (Leica D) with the 50mm Elmar f/3.5. Read my re-visit to the location in 2017, trying to recreate a similar scene, "Behind Saint-Lazare".

photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson
The famous Leica-user, Magnum photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) photographed in New York in 1947 by fellow photographer Arnold Newman.

 

The first female war photographer: Gerda Taro

Gerda Taro (1910-1936) was a war photographer, a Leica photographer and in a romantic relationship with Robert Capa – and had the unfortune of being the first female war photographer to die in action, only 26 years old. She was unknown for many years, untill a suitcase with 4,500 nagetives appeared in December 2007, also known as "The Mexican Suitcase", three boxes of neagtives containing 4,500 negatives of the Spanish Civil War by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and "Chim" David Seymour. Robert Capa and Gerda Taro had a romantic relationship 1935-1937 and her and Robert Capa's photos appear in the book "Death in the Making" (1938).
Gerda Taro (1910-1936) was a war photographer, a Leica photographer and in a romantic relationship with Robert Capa – and had the unfortune of being the first female war photographer to die in action, only 26 years old. She was unknown for many years, untill a suitcase with 4,500 nagetives appeared in December 2007, also known as "The Mexican Suitcase", three boxes of neagtives containing 4,500 negatives of the Spanish Civil War by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and "Chim" David Seymour. Robert Capa and Gerda Taro had a romantic relationship 1935-1937 and her and Robert Capa's photos appear in the book "Death in the Making" (1938).


Gerda Taro's photo from 1936 from the Spanish Civil War with a Leica III and a 5cm Summar lens,
Gerda Taro's photo from 1936 from the Spanish Civil War with a Leica III and a 5cm Summar lens,

 

The rapper "Lisa" Lalisa Manobal (1997) is known for her extensive camea and Leica collection, besides being in the South Korean girl group Blackpink and a solo artists since 2021.
The rapper "Lisa" Lalisa Manobal (1997) is known for her extensive camea and Leica collection, besides being in the South Korean girl group Blackpink and a solo artists since 2021.

 

Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) with her Leica M3.
Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) with her Leica M3.

 

David Bowie 2003, Ellen Von Unwerth
David Bowie 2003, by Ellen Von Unwerth

 

Ellen von Unwerth uses many cameras, sometimes Leica SL and Leica S. At other times, simply an iPhone. © Thorsten Overgaard.
Ellen von Unwerth uses many cameras, sometimes Leica SL and Leica S. At other times, simply an iPhone. © Thorsten Overgaard.

 

Stanley Kubrick with his Leica
Stanley Kubrick's (1928-1999) self-portrait with his Leica.

 

Robert Capa's famous photograph "THE FAlLLING SOlDIER" (aka "Death of a loyalist militiaman") from the Córdoba front in Spain, September 1936, taken with his Leica III with a non coated Leitz Summar 5 cm f/2 . A 7x9 inch print was sold for 75,000 Euro at Sothebys auction in 2019. His first Leica camera, a Leica II (Model D) number 90023 with Leitz Elmar 50 mm f/3.5 was sold at auction in 2012 for 65,000 Euro.
Robert Capa's famous photograph "THE FAlLLING SOlDIER" (aka "Death of a loyalist militiaman") from the Córdoba front in Spain, September 1936, taken with his Leica III with a non coated Leitz Summar 5 cm f/2 . A 7x9 inch print was sold for 75,000 Euro at Sothebys auction in 2019. His first Leica camera, a Leica II (Model D) number 90023 with Leitz Elmar 50 mm f/3.5 was sold at auction in 2012 for 65,000 Euro.

 

Robert Capa's "American troops landing on Omaha Beach, D-Day." from 1944.
Robert Capa's famous photograph "American troops landing on Omaha Beach, D-Day", June 6, 1944 on Normanduy. Omaha Beach.

 

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Leni Riefenstahl's "The-Discus-Thrower" is one of many stellar photographs she made with the Leica III. She lived a long life of 101 years (1902-2003) and was 'on the wrong side of history' as the propaganda filmmaker and photographer for the Nazi's 1932-1938. The documentary "The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl" (1993) gives a view into her life. She did photography projects with her Leicaflex SL as well in Africa in the 1970's.
Leni Riefenstahl's "The-Discus-Thrower" is one of many stellar photographs she made with the Leica III. She lived a long life of 101 years (1902-2003) and was 'on the wrong side of history' as the propaganda filmmaker and photographer for the Nazi's 1932-1938. The documentary "The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl" (1993) gives a view into her life. She did photography projects with her Leicaflex SL as well in Africa in the 1970's.

 

Leni Riefenstahl (Helene Bertha Amalie "Leni" Riefenstahl), 1902 - 2003) with her Leica. She kept using Leitz Leicaflex and Leica M cameras throughout her life.
Leni Riefenstahl (Helene Bertha Amalie "Leni" Riefenstahl, 1902 - 2003) with her Leica. She kept using Leitz Leicaflex and Leica M cameras throughout her life.


This famous phototaph, "RAISING A FLAG OVER THE REICHSTAG" was taken on May 2, 1945 by Jewgeni Chaldej (1917-1997) with his Leica III with Leitz Elmar 3.5cm f/3.5 (the camera was later sold for $193,000 in an 2014 auchtion). Jewgeni Chaldej (Yevgeny Khaldei) was a Soviet Red Army naval officer and photographer. His father and three of his four sisters were murdered by the Nazis during the war.
This famous phototaph, "RAISING A FLAG OVER THE REICHSTAG" was taken on May 2, 1945 by Jewgeni Chaldej (1917-1997) with his Leica III with Leitz Elmar 3.5cm f/3.5 (the camera was later sold for $193,000 in an 2014 auchtion). Jewgeni Chaldej (Yevgeny Khaldei) was a Soviet Red Army naval officer and photographer. His father and three of his four sisters were murdered by the Nazis during the war.

 


Arthur Elgort (1940-) is a New York photographer who used many cameras, but also Leica M6 and other Leica cameras in hiw work. He made his debut in British Vogue in 1971 and works from a one-of-a-kind daylight studio on 138 Grand St in New York, though best known for taking the modls to the street. kAbove Kate Moss on the table at Café Lipp in Paris, 1993. “I was not the first person to photograph Kate Moss, but maybe the second,”  hen famously noted. His daughter Sophia Elgort followed in his footsteps as a New York photographer.
Arthur Elgort (1940-) is a New York photographer who used many cameras, but also Leica M6 and other Leica cameras in hiw work. He made his debut in British Vogue in 1971 and works from a one-of-a-kind daylight studio on 138 Grand St in New York, though best known for taking the modls to the street. kAbove Kate Moss on the table at Café Lipp in Paris, 1993. “I was not the first person to photograph Kate Moss, but maybe the second,”  hen famously noted. His daughter Sophia Elgort followed in his footsteps as a New York photographer.

 

 


Alfred Eisenstaedt took his famous photo "THE KISS" of on August 14, 1945 with a Leica IIIa with Leitz Summitar 5 cm f/2. The camera was later sold on auction for 113,000 Euro in 2013.

 

Robert Capa's famous photograph of Pablo Picasso with Françoise Gilot and his nephew Javier Vilato, August 1948.
Robert Capa's famous photograph of Pablo Picasso with Françoise Gilot and his nephew Javier Vilato, August 1948.

 

 

The California Kiss by Elliott Erwitt, taken on a holiday in 1955. It wa lying around unnoticed in the Magnum Photo archives till Elliott found it when he was preparing a 1982-exhibition.
Elliott Erwitt's famous photograph "CALIFORNIA KISS" was photographed during his holiday in California with his Leica M3 and 50mm Summilux f/1.4. It was lying around unnoticed in the Magnum Photo archives till Elliott found it when he was preparing an 1982-exhibition. He used to use a Rolleiflex, but fellow Magnum photographer Robert Capa talked him into using a Leica as well.



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The famous photo of the "Napalm girl" by Huynh Cong 'Nick' Ut of Associated Press was taken on June 8, 1972 with his Leica M2 and Leica Summicron 35/2 on a Kodak 400 ISO B&W film.

"Napalm girl" by Huynh Cong 'Nick' Ut of Associated Press
"Napalm girl" by Huynh Cong 'Nick' Ut of Associated Press

 

William Eggleston's "En Route to New Orleans" from 1971–73 is an excellent example of his use of light and colors (and the Leica). This photograph sold on auction for 45,600 €.

William Eggleston "En Route to New Orleans" 1971–73 .
William Eggleston "En Route to New Orleans" 1971–73.

 

 


Martine Franch (1938-2012) made this photograph people by a swimming pool designed by Alain Capeilleres. She was discovering photography and the Leica in 1963 and met Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1966, whom she married.

 


In 1990, American photographer Mary Ellen Mark (1940-2015) photographed "The Smoking Girl" Amanda Marie Ellison, 9 (and Amy Minton Velasquez, 8 sitting) in the "Sin City" disctict of Valdese, N.C. for Life magazine to cover a school for "problem children" .
In 1990, American photographer Mary Ellen Mark (1940-2015) photographed "The Smoking Girl" Amanda Marie Ellison, 9 (and Amy Minton Velasquez, 8 sitting) in the "Sin City" disctict of Valdese, N.C. for Life magazine to cover a school for "problem children" .

 

 


British photojournalist Tom Stoddart (1953-2021) photographed the strong "Woman of Bosnia" in 1995 with his Leica M6 (hiding in a shelter from the falling bombs when he saw this Bosnian woman walking tall and proud).
British photojournalist Tom Stoddart (1953-2021) photographed the strong "Woman of Bosnia" in 1995 with his Leica M6 (hiding in a shelter from the falling bombs when he saw this Bosnian woman walking tall and proud).



Thorsten von Overgaard's photograph of actress Kelly Preston on October 2008, photographed with his Leica R8 DMR and 35-70mm Vario-Elmarit-R f/2.8. © Thorsten Overgaard. AP Associated Press.
Thorsten von Overgaard's photograph of actress Kelly Preston on October 2008, photographed with his Leica R8 DMR and 35-70mm Vario-Elmarit-R f/2.8. © Thorsten Overgaard. AP Associated Press.

 


Peter Turnley is a traditional Leica M film photographer that turned to the Leica M Monochrom. Photo above is one of his classic film photographs, from the book "French Kiss".

 

Hayden Kho jr "Doc Hayden" of the Philiphines is part of a famous doctor duo with his wife Vicki Belo ... and a Laice fan with a growing collection of Leica M and other Leica cameras. He is seldom seen without a camera within reach. © Thorsten Overgaard.
Hayden Kho jr "Doc Hayden" of the Philiphines is part of a famous doctor duo with his wife Vicki Belo ... and a Laice fan with a growing collection of Leica M and other Leica cameras. He is seldom seen without a camera within reach. © Thorsten Overgaard.

 

Ansel Adams did not use Leica much, he used mainly Sinar, but he looks incredible stylish in this photo.
Ansel Adams did not use Leica much, he used mainly Sinar, but he looks incredible stylish in this photo.

 

 

Lenny Kravitz' is a die-hard Leica user, having designed several limited editions for Leica through his design company Kravitz Design.
Lenny Kravitz' is a die-hard Leica user, having designed several limited editions for Leica through his design company Kravitz Design.

 

 

 
 

 

 

From grandfather to grandson - A Leica M3

A sweet story unfolded as I met this 17 year photographer with his Leica M3 and a rare collectors kit in a bag, in Paris, September 2013. All was bought from new in the 50s by his grandfather and now handed over to the grandson. They are both equally thrilled to see the camera is still being used, thought the dream is to get a Leica M 240.

 


Now, that is a bag with a Leica kit ... © Thorsten Overgaard.

 


Vietnam photographer Larry Burrow's Leica M4 picture from January 1966 of marines recovering a body comrade (girl to the right in the picture is Catherine LeRoy, the first woman photographer to win the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award (see below).

 

 



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Snapshot Poetics: "I do my sketching and observing with the camera". The great Beat-poet Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) with his Leica M6. Amongst other things, he said this which may be true for most Leica users and their cameras and lenses: "Somethings once you've loved them become yours forever. And if you try to let them go they only circle back and return to you. They become apart of who you are..."
Snapshot Poetics: "I do my sketching and observing with the camera". The great Beat-poet Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) with his Leica M6. Amongst other things, he said this which may be true for most Leica users and their cameras and lenses: "Somethings once you've loved them become yours forever. And if you try to let them go they only circle back and return to you. They become apart of who you are..."
See some of his photographs with quotations in this Lens Culture article.

 

 

 

Saul Leiter(1923-2013) was a remarkable American color and street photographer who lived an all too quiet existence till he "was discovered" in 2006 with the book Early Colour (published by Steidl). Inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson in the 1950's, Saul photographed his neighbourhood in New York around his home at 111 East 10th Street and soon developed a skill for finding great colors to saturate his Kodachrome 64 films. He used a Leica M with tele lenses, mostly. Also see the documentary "In No Great Hurry" and this video about the Saul Leiter Foundation. Above: Saul Leiter for Harpers Bazaar. Below: A Paris cafe in 1959.
Saul Leiter (1923-2013) was a remarkable American color and street photographer who lived an all too quiet existence till he "was discovered" in 2006 with the book Early Colour (published by Steidl). Inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson in the 1950's, Saul photographed his neighbourhood in New York around his home at 111 East 10th Street and soon developed a skill for finding great colors to saturate his Kodachrome 64 films. He used a Leica M with tele lenses, mostly. Also see the documentary "In No Great Hurry" and this video about the Saul Leiter Foundation. Above: Saul Leiter for Harpers Bazaar. Below: A Paris cafe in 1959.

Color photos by Saul Leiter, "Cafe Les Deux Magots in Paris, 1959".
Color photos by Saul Leiter, "Cafe Les Deux Magots in Paris, 1959".

 


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Martine Franck  (1938-2012) with her Leica. In 1963, she went to China, taking her cousin's Leica camera with her, and discovered the joys of documenting other cultures. In 1966 she met Henri Cartier-Bresson and they married.

 

 

Jacques Henri Lartigue
Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894 - 1986).

 

 

Don Hunstein
Don Hunstein
with his Leica. Don is the master behind the famous cover for Freewheelin' Bob Dylan and many behind the scenes photos of musicians like Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and who else came by Columbia Records where Don worked for 30 years. His book of music photography "Keeping Time: The Photographs of Don Hunstein" is available at Amazon and elsewhere. Short video at BBC.
I visited Don Hunstein in 2014 in New York and photographed him. You can see the images and read The story Behind That Picture here: "Freewheelin' With Don Hunstein".

 

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Miles Davis with his Leica on the cover of the Live at Newport 1958
Miles Davis with his Leica on the cover of the Live at Newport 1958. In an 1976-interview by Sy Johnson available online here Miles talk about the Leica he got in Germany and how much he liked it. He said he had the clerk set the shutter speed and aperture at the store when he bought the camera and hadn't changed them since.

 

 

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Franz Hubmann (1914-2007) self portrait with a Leica in 1960. Austrian reportage photojournalist.
Franz Hubmann (1914-2007) self portrait with a Leica in 1960. Austrian reportage photojournalist.



Jewgeni Chaldej's Leica III with Leitz Elmar 3.5cm f/3.5 he used for the photo "RAISING A FLAG OVER THE REICHSTAG" above.
Jewgeni Chaldej's Leica III with Leitz Elmar 3.5cm f/3.5 he used for the photo "RAISING A FLAG OVER THE REICHSTAG" above.The camera was sold for 193,000 USD in 2014.

 

Preident Josip Broz Tito (1892-1980) was an avid photographer and used a Leica R3 electronics amongst other Leica cameras and many other brands. Here he is seen in his darkroom. Tito was president of Yogoslavia (now divided into Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia) and amongst many other remarkable things, during World War II, he was the leader of the Partisans, often regarded as the most effective resistance movement in occupied Europe, and later he founded The Non-Aligned Movement, uniting 120 countries to make the UN Human Rights Declaration a reality.
Preident Josip Broz Tito (1892-1980) was an avid photographer and used a Leica R3 electronics amongst other Leica cameras and many other brands. Here he is seen in his darkroom. Tito was president of Yogoslavia (now divided into Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia) and amongst many other remarkable things, during World War II, he was the leader of the Partisans, often regarded as the most effective resistance movement in occupied Europe, and later he founded The Non-Aligned Movement, uniting 120 countries to make the UN Human Rights Declaration a reality.

 


Eugene William Smith (1918-1978) who was one of the famous names delivering photographs to LIFE magazine used Leica, amongst other cameras. On the set of Charlie Chaplin's "Limelight" he had six Leica's on hand, each equipped with one lens (28mm, 35mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 135mm - two cameras with a 35mm, which he used the most, in case one ran out of film). There's a couple of videos about him on YouTube: "The story of W. Eugene Smith" and "The World of W. Eugene Smith"
Eugene William Smith (1918-1978) who was one of the famous names delivering photographs to LIFE magazine used Leica, amongst other cameras. On the set of Charlie Chaplin's "Limelight" he had six Leica's on hand, each equipped with one lens (28mm, 35mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 135mm - two cameras with a 35mm, which he used the most, in case one ran out of film). There's a couple of videos about him on YouTube: "The story of W. Eugene Smith" and "The World of W. Eugene Smith"

 

Ms. martine Franck (1938-2012), the wife of Henri Cartier Bresson .
Ms. Martine Franck (1938-2012), the wife of Henri Cartier-Bresson .

 

Marc Rriboud (1923-2016) was a French photographer.
Marc Rriboud (1923-2016) was a French photographer.

 

Singer and composer Jamie Cullum is an avid Leica user.
Singer and composer Jamie Cullum is an avid Leica user.

 

By Marc Rriboud. Washington DC 1967, anti-Vietnam demonstration.
Marc Rriboud. Washington DC 1967, anti-Vietnam demonstration.

 

 

Rodney Smith (1947-2016) was a Leica M4 user in New York, and then a Hasselblad 500 with 80mm user for most of his work. You could say he primarly created photographs He thought them out, arranged them and made them. HHis photos are popular for interiors, with an element of both composition genius and humor. This photo taken with a Hasselblad shows a Polaroid of Rodney Smith with his Leica - a sort of crosspoint in his career. But he never shot digital, so he used both Leica M4 and Hasselblad in 2015. Many Leica users have a soft spot for Hasselblad, just as manuy Hasselblad users have a soft spot for Leica.
Rodney Smith
(1947-2016) was a Leica M4 user in New York, and then a Hasselblad 500 with 80mm user for most of his work. You could say he primarly created photographs He thought them out, arranged them and made them. HHis photos are popular for interiors, with an element of both composition genius and humor. This photo taken with a Hasselblad shows a Polaroid of Rodney Smith with his Leica - a sort of crosspoint in his career. But he never shot digital, so he used both Leica M4 and Hasselblad in 2015. Many Leica users have a soft spot for Hasselblad, just as manuy Hasselblad users have a soft spot for Leica. Read my article about Rodney Smith here.

 


Linda Evangelista with the Leica M6 she bought in Kowloon, Hong Kong and took on the Li River in Guangxi.
Linda Evangelista with the Leica M6 she bought in Kowloon, Hong Kong and took on the Li River in Guangxi.

 

 

Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) with his Leica M6 in the documentary (2018) McQueen.
Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) with his Leica M6 in the documentary "McQueen" (2018).



Beyoncé (Knowles-Carter) occasionally is seen with her Leica or her Fujifilm camera. Here she is with the Leica Q2.
Beyoncé (Knowles-Carter) occasionally is seen with her Leica or her Fujifilm camera. Here she is with the Leica Q2.

 


Magnum photographer Inge Morath now and then. The photo to the right is from 1958.

 


The Clark Family and the Leica: The story of Joe, Bernice and Junebug Clark of Detroit, USA is a story of real Leica users. Back in issue 1/1961 of the Leica Photography International magazine the family was featured in a 6-page story "One-Family Show" with the following intro:
"Joe's son Juneberg Clark not only didn't learn how to use a Leica untill he was three, but never earned a dime from his pictures until he was five!" (where he sold his first image to The Detroit News for whom he then worked for at age 6).
Junebug was 11 in 1961 when the family was featured in the LFI, and in 2011 the family donated the entire archive of photos shot by the mother, father and son to The University of North Texas that will curate, digitize and archive the collection for educational purposes. The collection represents one of the most extensive family archives from the golden age of American photography. The Clark's work has been featured in Life Magazine, National Geographic, Look and Newsweek.

The father, Joe Clark originally took work in Detroit as a nightwatch but was was so handy with the Leica that his images was soon exhibited, which then lead to assignments for companies and magazines. When the son Juneebug was born, he too handled the Leica pretty well, and one afternoon when Junebug was taking a bath in the backyard and dad was out, mother Bernice took up the Leica and made some pictures that ended up in magazines and was the kickstart of her lifelong career.
Junebug Clark is a teacher at MAYBORN School of Journalism today.

 

Harold Crompton Robinson (1928-2008) was a professional photorapher who always had a Leica by his hand and won just about every photo competition he ever entered (which he did sparingly and unassumingly). His son Stephen Robinson is a professional photographer in Zambia, also a Leica user.


Paul Ickovic (1944) emigrated from England to the US when he was 13. He was an assistant to Henri Cartier-Bresson. Using a Leica, one lens and black and white film, he has traveled the world.
Paul Ickovic
(1944) emigrated from England to the US when he was 13. He was an assistant to Henri Cartier-Bresson. Using a Leica, one lens and black and white film, he has traveled the world, writing, drawing and photographing.

 


Paul Newman with his Leica (director Sidney Lumet and actor Marlon Brandoin the background).
Paul Newman with his Leica (director Sidney Lumet and actor Marlon Brandoin in the background).

 

Seal (Henry Samuel) is a big fan of Leica, with a private collection of 35+ Leica cameras that he uses at home, on tour and out and about. © Thorsten Overgaard (Leica DMR with Leica 35-75-mm f/2.8).
Seal (Henry Samuel) is a big fan of Leica, with a private collection of 35+ Leica cameras that he uses at home, on tour and out and about. © Thorsten Overgaard (Leica DMR with Leica 35-75-mm f/2.8).

 


Sean Ono Lennon and wife Charlotte Kemp Muhl are both artists, record label founders ... and enthusiastic Leica owners. Leica M, Leica SL, but also Hasselblad and other film cameras.
Sean Ono Lennon and wife Charlotte Kemp Muhl are both artists, record label founders ... and enthusiastic Leica users. Leica M, Leica SL, Leica Digilux 2, but also Hasselblad and film cameras.

 


Robert Lebeck (1929-2014) was a German photographer. Here is "Prague Sprint "(1968), capturing the atmosphere of newfound press freedom following a brief liberalization.
Robert Lebeck (1929-2014) was a German photographer. Here is "Prague Sprint "(1968), capturing the atmosphere of newfound press freedom following a brief liberalization.

 

Mary Ellen Mark with Marlon Brando on the set of “Apocalpyse Now” 1979.
Mary Ellen Mark with Marlon Brando on the set of “Apocalpyse Now” 1979.

 

Sebastião Salgado with his book "Genesis". Salgado have been using Leica for many years, but also other cameras. When using Leica film cameras, he has been known to use three cameras at the same time, each with different lens.
Sebastião Salgado with his book "Genesis". Salgado have been using Leica for many years, but also other cameras. When using Leica film cameras, he has been known to use three cameras at the same time, each with different lens.

 

Actress Anya Taylor-Joy with her Leica.
Actress Anya Taylor-Joy with her Leica.

 

Daniel Craig with his Leica
Daniel Craig with his Leica
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Nigo with his Leica M9 P hammerthorne (and Pharrel in the background). He sold it at Sotherby's together with (som of) his colletion of special suitcases, art and more.
Nigo with his Leica M9-P hammerthorne (and Pharrel in the background). He is a fashion designer and entrepreneur. He later sold it at Sotherby's together with (some of) his colletions of special suitcases, art and more.

 

Nikki Sixx with "The SEXY BEAST", his Leica M9
American musician of Mötley Crüe and radio host Nikki Sixx with "The SEXY BEAST", his Leica M9. You can find his photo blog "Some Call me Sizxx" here


Lou Reed with his Leica M8
Lou Reed
is known for his quote, "God should have a Leica". Here he is with his Leica M8 that he did quite a lot of infrared photography with. Read an article about his photography and exhibitions here.

 

Garry Winogrand (1928-1984) said, "I photograph to see what the world looks like in photographs.". Here a photo, "Central Park Zoo" taken in New York in 1967. Read an interview of 1982 with him, or video here from Rice University.
Garry Winogrand (1928-1984) said, "I photograph to see what the world looks like in photographs.". Here a photo, "Central Park Zoo" taken in New York in 1967. Read an interview of 1982 with him, or video here from Rice University.

 

The Leica M4 of Garry Winogrand
The well-used Leica M4 of Garry Winogrand.


The Leica M3D that belonged to LIFE photographer David Douglas Duncan, also known for photographing Pablo Picasso through many years. The camera wa sold for 2.2 million dollars.

Oscar Peterson was not only a Leica fan, he was a great fan of all things photography with his own darkroom, a large camera collection. When I photographed his drummer, Alvin Queen at Montmartre in Copenhagen in 2013, he told me that Oscar Peterson also inspired many others to take up photography: "I'm also in photography which I started while performing with Oscar Peterson in 2004, but I'm a Nikon D3 man, not a Leica user. Before Oscar died in 2007 he had a collection of more then 600 cameras which I use to enjoy at his house in Canada.
Oscar Peterson was not only a Leica fan, he was a great fan of all things photography with his own darkroom and a large camera collection. When I photographed his drummer, Alvin Queen at Montmartre in Copenhagen in 2013, he told me that Oscar Peterson also inspired many others to take up photography: "I'm also in photography which I started while performing with Oscar Peterson in 2004, but I'm a Nikon D3 man, not a Leica user. Before Oscar died in 2007 he had a collection of more then 600 cameras which I used to enjoy at his house in Canada.

 

Thorsten von Overgaard's portrait of the HRH The Crown Prince Frederik & HRH The Crown Princess Mary with their four children i front of the royal palace Amalienborg in Copenhagen, with Leica M9 and 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0 II on April 2011.

HRH The Crown Prince Frederik & HRH The Crown Princess Mary with their four children i front of the royal palace Amalienborg in Copenhage. © Thorsten von Overgaard.
HRH The Crown Prince Frederik & HRH The Crown Princess Mary with their four children i front of the royal palace Amalienborg in Copenhage. © Thorsten von Overgaard.

 


Thomas Hoepker
(1936) is a German photographer and member of Magnum Photos. Here is from his famous series of Muhammed Ali.

 

David Beckham wiht Leica
Our friend David Beckham was spotted with his Leica in the BBC documentary "David Beckham Into the Unknown" in July 2014.

 


Portrait of Magnum photographer Dennis Stock (1928 – 2010) by Andreas Feininger, 1951. Feininger took this now-iconic photograph for Life magazine, after Dennis Stock won first prize in a competition for young photographers.


Gianni Berengo-Gardin (1930) is an Italian photographer who have used his Leica for reportage, editorial work and book illustration and advertising. Here's one of his photographs.
Gianni Berengo-Gardin (1930) is an Italian photographer who have used his Leica for reportage, editorial work and book illustration and advertising.
Here's one of his photographs.

 


Alodia Gosiengfiao
is telvision celebrity and a Leica M and Leica Q user.

 

Brooklyn Beckham was commissioned his first Burberry shoot at age 16 (February 2016) where he used a film camera, the Leica R9. He has a rather impressive collection of cameras, inclouding Leica Minilux, Leica M digital rangefinders, and more.
Brooklyn Beckham
was commissioned his first Burberry shoot at age 16 (February 2016) where he used a film camera, the Leica R9. He has a rather impressive collection of cameras, inclouding Leica Minilux, Leica M digital rangefinders, and more.

 


Stash (Josh Franklin, born 1967) is an American graffiti artist and Leica fan. In 2022 he also made a special edition of the Leica D-Lux 7 with Leica Camera AG, the "A Bathing Ape x Stash" edition.

 

Jan Grarup
War photographer Jan Grarup with his Leica M Monochrom in Afghanistan, 2013. Multiple winner of World Press Photo Award, the Oskar Barnack Award the Danis Press Photographers Association yearly awards.

 



John Mayer
with his film Leica M7. He has a few, a Leica M silver and Leica M9 in black, and so it goes.

 

Ilse Bing
German pioneer avant-garde and commercial photographer Ilse Bing (1899-1998) self portrait. Known as "Queen of the Leica". She gave up photography in the 1950's after a 15 year almost explosive career with exhibitions at Louvre in Paris, Mueum of Modern Art in New York and dedicated her time to writing poetry, made drawings and collages, and occasionally incorporated bits of photos.

 

The World Press Photo Award winner 2009 was taken with a Leica M6 TTL and 28mm by Anthony Suau. 
He previously won the World PRess Photo Award in 1987 and a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for his photographs of the famine [hunger] in Ethiopia. © Thorsten Overgard.
The World Press Photo Award winner 2009 was taken with a Leica M6 TTL and 28mm by Anthony Suau.
He previously won the World PRess Photo Award in 1987 and a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for his photographs of the famine [hunger] in Ethiopia. © Thorsten Overgard.

 


Alfred Eisenstaed, the LIFE photographer who photographed "The Kiss", here in the UN building in New York, 1961 (photo by by Lisl Steiner). He received a special edition Leica M3 serial no 1000001 from Leica Camera AG in 1960, re-fitted with gold plated parts in 1989. He originally owned and used 35/1.4, 90/2, 35/2.8 and a 65/3.5 with the camera. He also owned and used two Leicaflex SLR cameras and Telyt 200mm, 280mm and 400mm lenses.

 

Alfred Eisenstaed with Marilyn Monroe
Alfred Eisenstaed with Marilyn Monroe in Beverly Hills, 1953

 

Jessica Lange with Leica on set in 2012
Jessica Lange
(born 1949) is an avid Leica photographer on set, in life and doing photo projects and exhibitions. In 2008 she published her book 50 Photographs along with an exhibition at the George Eastman House. In 2010 she published her book In Mexico along with an exhibition. In 2013 she made a children's picture book It's About a Little Bird, and in 2014 she exhibited in Moscow's Multimedia Art Museum.

 

Hyoni Kang
The daily kit of Hyoni Kang (Ford's Supermodel of the World 2008) includes the Leica C-Lux.

 


Batman movie director Zack Snyder is also an avid Leica photographer. The first released image from the 2014 Batman movie was tweeted by Zack Snyder on his twitter - shot with the Leica M Monochrom.

 

David Suchet - People I Have Shot
British actor David Suchet is an avid Leica photographer, known and loved as 'Poirot' for many people. He uses his grand-dad's Leica M3 (which he did a documentary about for ITV in 2012 - click on the picture above to watch or here to read the article), as well as Leica M 262 and Leica M Monochrom.

 

Scarlett Johansson using her Leica M6
Classic beauty meets classic beauty: Scarlett Johansson using her Leica M6 during filming in Spain of "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" with Woody Allen, June 2007 (unknown photographer; from a blog). Or, the camera might be Woody Allen's own as he is a Leica fan as well (and by the way received a honorary Leica M8.2 from Leica in 2008).

 

Penelope Cruz with her Leica
Another notable photos from "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," Penelope Cruz with her Leica (or Woody's or whatever).

 

Otto Umbehr
Selfie anno 1948 of German entertainment photographer Umbo alias Otto Umbehr (1902 - 1980). Founding member of the Umbo Delphot (Deutscher Photodienst GmbH) agency in 1928 that was closed when the Nazis came to power in 1933. His archive of more than 50,000 negatives burned in 1943.

 

Mary Ellen Mark (1940-2015) with Leica in New York City in 1987
Mary Ellen Mark (1940-2015) with Leica in New York City in 1987



Elvis Presley with his Leica (1968)

 

Catherine LeRoy
French born Catherine LeRoy (1944-2006) in Vietnam, the first woman photographer to win the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award.

 

         
 

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German photo legend Hanns Hubmann (1910-1996) with his Leica in 1988.

 


Catherine LeRoy's image of Corpsman Vernon "Doc" Wike during the battle for Hill 881 in 1967 in Khe Sanh, Vietnam, and as a portrait years later in 2005. For more images, see the book Great Photographers and Writers in Vietnam.

 

Georgii Petrusov
Photographer Georgii Petrusov on the Red Square in Moscow, 1936. Photographed by Alexsandr Rodtschenko. The inserted image is the result of the work (which was sold at Sotherbys in 2008 as Gelantin silver print).

 

British photojournalist and Leica user Tom Stoddart (1953-2021) did a great feature on BBC to celebrate the 100 years gone past: "One hundred years of Leica cameras". Above is his historic image from Sarajevo, a woman conquering war with beauty and elegance. See more on his website, featuring also exclusive behind-the-scenes photogrpahs from the Tony Blair campaign.
British photojournalist and Leica user Tom Stoddart (1953-2021) did a great feature on BBC to celebrate the 100 years gone past: "One hundred years of Leica cameras". Above is his historic image from Sarajevo, a woman conquering war with beauty and elegance. See more on his website, featuring also exclusive behind-the-scenes photogrpahs from the Tony Blair campaign.

Tom Stoddart with his Leica M9 and Leica M240. He was seriously injured in 1992 covering fighting in Bosnia, while in 1997 he was given bakstage access to Tony Blair’s historic general election campaign. Stoddart was in Berlin when the wall came down in 1989 and was on the Staten Island Ferry when the World Trade Centre was destroyed in 2001.
Tom Stoddart with his Leica M9 and Leica M240. He was seriously injured in 1992 covering fighting in Bosnia, while in 1997 he was given bakstage access to Tony Blair’s historic general election campaign. Stoddart was in Berlin when the wall came down in 1989 and was on the Staten Island Ferry when the World Trade Centre was destroyed in 2001.

Tom Stoddart (2001). The attack on the Twin Towers, seen from the Staten Island Ferry.
Tom Stoddart (2001). The attack on the Twin Towers, seen from the Staten Island Ferry.

 


Annie Leibovitz with her Leica M6
Annie Leibovitz with her Leica M6 she uses for assignments and for private family photos. She uses several cameras such as Hasselblad, Mamyia, Leica S2, Leica M6, Canon, Nikon - and no particlur brand (the famous John Lennon photo of him naked next to Yoko Ono, taken hours before his death, was a 6x6 shot). Photo from the 2008-documentary "Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens" by Barbera Leibovitz

 

Katy Perry with Leica - Ellen von Unwerth Photoshoot 2012
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Quentin Tarantino with his Leitz Leicina S8 camera. Yes, Leiac used to make film camerasfor a short while. today they make Leitz Cine lenses.
Quentin Tarantino with his Leitz Leicina S8 camera. Yes, Leica used to make film cameras for a short while. Today they make Leitz Cine lenses.

 

Brad Pitt with his Leica R8 DMRBrad Pitt is also, besides being interested in architecture and design, an enthusiastic photographer. One the above shot he's using a Leica R8 DMR but uses Leica M cameras as well. He did a very nice black and white series of his wife Angelina Jolie for W Magazine (November 2008 edition).

Brad Pitt with his film Leica.
Brad Pitt with his film Leica.

 

Ralph Gibson with his Leica
Ralph Gibson
with his Leica. He started his career as a photographer in the US Navy and later became assistant to Robert Frank before he set out for himself.

 

Robert Frank (1924-2019) was a famous American reportage photographer ... and much more. He used a range of cameras and motion film cameras, and of course also his Leica.
Robert Frank (1924-2019) was a famous American reportage photographer ... and much more. He used a range of cameras and motion film cameras, and of course also his Leica.

 

Model, television presenter and photogarpher Lisa Snowdon.
Model, television presenter and photogarpher Lisa Snowdon.

 

Sarah Lee by Richard Pohle
London-based photographer Sarah Lee of The Guardian with her Leica M-E. She also writes for The Guardian photography blog. Photo by Richad Pohle.

 

Woody Allen found the big smile for this event where he was gifted a special edition of the Leica M9 whilst being in company of beautiful women and the majority-owner of Leica, Dr. Andreas Kaufmann (left).
Woody Allen found the big smile for this event where he was gifted a special edition of the Leica M9 whilst being in company of beautiful women and the majority-owner of Leica, Dr. Andreas Kaufmann (left).

 

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Audrey Tautou
Audrey Tautou has also been an avid Leica shooter since a producer handed her a Leica a few years back. Here she is in 2009 with her Leica M8 in a Chanel No 5 film (See the movie on YouTube).

 

Yul Brynner self portrait with his Leica M3
Yul Brynner self portrait with his Leica M3

 

Magnum photographer Bruce Guilden with his Leica
Magnum photographer Bruce Guilden with his Leica in New York.

 

William Eggleston with his Leica
American photographer William Eggleston (born 1939) with his Leica. See some of his photographs here: Artsy.

 



Dr. Who also uses Leica to document his travels. Of course.

 

Bruno Mars with Leica.
Bruno Mars with Leica.

 

photographer Birgit Krippner with her Leica in New York
Austrian/New Zealand/New York photographer Birgit Krippner. See this interview with her about her and her Leica M9.

 

Bill Murray in Cannes working the small Minox Leica.
Bill Murray in Cannes working the small Minox Leica.

 

 

Grace Kelly with Leica
Grace Kelly with Leica

 

Doug Herr
Not all Leica photographers are M photographers. Doug Herr of Wildlightphoto.com in Sacramento County, California, is a Leica R user, specialized in birds of western North America.

 


Elliott Erwitt in France



Audrey Hepburn in the studio with Fred Astaire who has his Leica and Rollieflex.   Audrey Hepburn in the studio with Fred Astaire who has his Leica and Rollieflex.

 


Christian Bale with his Leica
Christian Bale with his Leica ("I was ... looking at the light")

 

Charles Bronson with Leica M3
Charles Bronson with Leica M3
, from his television series, Man With A Camera, 1958-60

 

The well-used Leica MP of Jim Marshall
The well-used Leica MP of Jim Marshall (1936-2010) who photographed The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Bod Dylan, Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin ... them all. Also a video about him here.

 

Vivian Maier with Leica IIIc
Vivian Maier is mostly known for her 6x6 cm negatives photographed with the Rollieflex she got in 1952. When color film came about she started using Kodak Ektachrome and a Leica IIIc. Many of those color films are still undeveloped and may remain so till a technology exist to save them.

 

Daisy Lowe and Iggy Pop in the studio with the Leica as mackup.
Daisy Lowe and Iggy Pop in the studio with the Leica.

 

John Maloof with his LeicaJohn Maloof is the one who discovered Vivian Maier and who owns the majority of the archive. Here he is with his own Leica (and director of the movie "Finding Vivian Maier", Charlie Siskel).

 

Lasse Jensen with Leica M6Danish Middle East correnspondent Lasse Jensen has been reporting from the Middle East for Danish television for more than 25 years. For his blog and him self he uses a Leica M9 and have used Leica M3, M6.

 

Suzy Parker with her Leica in New York, 1953
Model, actress and photographer Suzy Parker in New York, 1953 (photo by by Peter Stackpole)

 

Dr. Paul Wolff
Dr. Paul Wolff
(1887-1951) was a prominent German photogrpaher and one of the first to adopt the Leica from he got one of the 31 prototypes that were made in 1924. Whilst many of his photographs are published, a great deal of his archive burned during the World War II. He published 25-30 books with his photos from 1914 to 1950, amongst them the book "Meine Erfahrungen mit der Leica" (1934; there was an exhibiton of the same name the year before) and the "Meine Erfahrungen mit der Leica farbig" (1944, "My experience with Color Photography") . Photo by: Willi Klar, 1940. Read my article about Dr. Paul Wolff here: "Dr. Paul Wolff and the Leica".
Leica Camera AG bought 1200 prints from Archiv Tritschler & Wolff in 2011 and plan to make a book and exhibtion with author Dr. Hans-Michael Koetzle (who also did the 100 year book of Leica).

 


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Leica M digital cameras:   Leica L digital cameras:
Leica M11   Leica SL
Leica M10   Leica SL2
Leica M10-P   Panasonic Lumix S1R
Leica M10-R   Leica TL2
Leica M10-D   Leica CL
Leica M10 Monochrom   Leica L-Mount lenses
Leica M9 and Leica M-E   Leica R digital cameras:
Leica M9-P   Leica R8/R9/DMR
Leica M9 Monochrom    
Leica M240   Small Leica mirrorless digital cameras:
Leica M246 Monochrom   Leica D-Lux
Leica MD-262 and Leica M60   Leica C-Lux
    Leica V-Lux
Leica M film cameras:   Leica Q2 / Leica Q2 Monochrom
Leica MP   Leica Q
Leica M4   Leica Digilux 3
    Leica Digilux 2
Leica M lenses:   Leica Digilux 1
Leica 21mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4   Leica Digilux
Leica 21mm Leica Super-Elmar-M ASPH f/3.4    
Leica 21mm Super-Angulon-M f/3.4   Leica R film cameras:
Leica 28mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4   Leica R8 / R9
Leica 35mm Summilux-M ASPH FLE f/1.4 and f/1.4 AA   Leica R4
Leica 35mm Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0   Leica R3 electronic
Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95 FLE   Leicaflex SL / SLmot
Leica 50mm Noctilux-M f/1.0    
Leica 50mm Noctilux-M f/1.2   Leica compact film cameras:
7artisans 50mm f/1.1   Leica Minilux 35mm film camera
Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f//1.4   Leica CM 35mm film camera
Leica 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0 "rigid" Series II    
Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0   Leica R lenses:
Leica 50mm Elmar-M f/2.8 collapsible   Leica 19mm Elmarit-R f/2.8
Leica 75mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/1.25   Leica 35mm Elmarit-R f/2.8
7artisans 75mm f/1.25   Leica 50mm Summicron-R f/2.0
Leica 75mm Summilux-M f/1.4   Leica 60mm Macro-Elmarit f/2.8
Leica 90mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.5   Leica 80mm Summilux-R f/1.4
Leica 90mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0   Leica 90mm Summicron-R f/2.0
Leica 90mm Summarit-M f/2.5   Leica 180mm R lenses
Leica 90mm Elmarit f/2.8   Leica 250mm Telyt-R f/4.0
Leitz 90mm Thambar f/2.2   Leica 400mm Telyt-R f/6.8
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Leica reviews by Thorsten Overgaard. LEICA = LEItz CAmera. Founded 1849 in Wetzlar, Germany. Leica logo in photo by Thorsten Overgaard

LEItz CAmera = LEICA
Founded 1849 in Wetzlar, Germany.

 


 

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I am in constant orbit teaching
Leica and photography workshops.

Most people prefer to explore a
new place when doing my workshop.
30% of my students are women.
35% of my students dotwo or more workshops.
95% are Leica users.
Age range is from 15 to 87 years
with the majority in the 30-55 range.
Skill level ranges from two weeks
to a lifetime of experience.
97% use a digital camera.
100% of my workshop graduates photograph more after a workshop.

I would love to see you in one!
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"A Little Book on Photography"   "A Little Book on Photography"
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Add to Cart

     
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"Finding the Magic of Light"   "Composition in Photography - The Photographer as Storyteller"
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"The Freedom of Photographic Expression"   "The Moment of Emptional Impact"
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The Portrait Book
How to Make People Beautifu
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Preorder: The Noctilux Masterclass
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Extension Courses
     
The New Photography Extension Course"   "New Inspiration Extension Course"
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Lightroom
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