“We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again. We cannot develop and print a memory.”
~ Henri Cartier-Bresson
Capturing Moments from the continuum of vanishing time obsesses us as photographers. Since the inception of 35mm photography, photographers have captured some of the most iconic images using their Leica cameras. From the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson and his encapsulation of the art form we know as "street photography," to the backstage insights by Jim Marshall or Ralph Gibson's artistic vision, and the light shed on social issues through the lens of Paul Fusco, these photographic greats left their mark on our consciousness through their art by means of their Leica Camera.
The camera rests in the hands of the photographer not simply as a tool but rather an instrument with which the photographer leaves a mark in a similar way a tanner would with a stamp or a carpenter with a chisel.
We would not be able to see through the eyes of the likes of Henri Cartier Bresson, Jim Marshall, Paul Fusco or you... The photographer.
Jim Marshall loved his Leica's from his very first M2 purchased in 1959. With his backstage access at rock concerts to his coverage of the Monterey Jazz Festival, Marshall always had his Leica's around his neck. We take a look at his classic M4 which features a patina that can tell a story of the places Marshall had taken it to record music history and preserving a legacy.
Paul Fusco, a distinguished Magnum photographer, documented many social issues throughout the world from Robert Kennedy’s funeral train on the East Coast to the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. Fusco brought awareness of the ailments of society to the eyes of millions around the world. His trusted Leica M2 was a staple of his work throughout the world and now serves as a reminder of the mark Fusco made on society through his photography. His work has been published in Time, LIFE, and the New York Times, among many other publications.
Ralph Gibson, fine art photographer and prolific book creator, left his mark with his surrealistic photos, leaving audiences fixated on images full of questions and mystery. Gibson had many Leica's throughout his career and even said that he and his Leica were "interdependent." One of those Leica's happens to be showcased at our store and, like Gibson's work leaves viewers with a sense mystery and wonder.
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When we designed the Leica “Your Mark” edition Monochrom, we wanted something that spoke to the timeless connection between the photographer and the camera. We wanted to emulate some of these incredible examples of the prolific photographer’s cameras in the Leica “Your Mark” Edition. The decision was made to finish the camera in enamel black paint and natural Horween leather that will wear and patina with time to relate the stories of the moments you captured.
Look to these photographic greats for the stories they’ve shared and the mark they made on the Leica's they loved. Look to their passion expressed not in just their images, but also in the well-worn instruments that they used to create their work. What story will you tell from the vanishing moments of time around you, and how will you leave "Your Mark?"
"I’m like a reporter, only with a camera; I react to my subject in their environment, and if it’s going well, I get so immersed in it that I become one with the camera."
~ Jim Marshall