There’s no way you can miss the fact that LFI has had a makeover!To LFI 1/2017
The cover reflects the basic concept – more room for photography, well-structured content, and a clear, seamless design. As the medium for Leica photography, LFI offers photographers and their work an even greater stage, supporting all the diverse systems in the Leica cosmos.
Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2016
It was all change at the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2016: watch this video to get an overview of all the winners and finalists.To LFI 8/2016
A comprehensive portfolio can be found in LFI 8/2016.
The complete series are included in the special edition LOBA magazine, that is available for you at the LFI Shop.
Direct eye contact, a neutral background and perfect lighting – Jens Umbach’s approach to the situation in Afghanistan is very unusual. Using improvised studios at markets and on dirt roads, he produced a series that establishes a basis for a different understanding of crisis reporting.To LFI 7/2016
You can find further images in the LFI 7/2016.
Deanna Templeton has spent years experimenting with underwater nude pictures. With patience and great sensitivity, she has managed to master this mercurial element and create poetic compositions that combine water and light with the human body.To LFI 4/2016
The photo-book The Swimming Pool was published by Um Yeah Arts.
See the portfolio in LFI 4/2016.
One thing in common – the Leica M
A comprehensive compilation of exceptional photography, with one thing in common – the Leica M. With Patrick Zachmann, Ram Shergill, Julien Mignot, Cédric Gerbehaye, Corentin Fohlen, Tomas van Houtryve and: eight M photographers show: style is not everything, but everything has style! m-magazine.photographyTo M Magazine No. 4
The Icelandic photographer, Ragnar Axelsson, has been documenting the life of the Inuits for more than thirty years. His pictures tell a story of dwindling traditions and of melting ice, while focussing on the people living in the Arctic who are indivisibly bound to nature. M Monochrom (Typ 264) www.rax.isTo LFI 2/2016
You can see the reportage in LFI 2/2016.
One thing in common – the Leica M
A comprehensive compilation of exceptional photography, with one thing in common – the Leica M. With Joseph Michael Lopez, Alvaro Ybarra Zavala, Matt Black, Jacob Aue Sobol, Per-Anders Pettersson, Julia Baier and a best-of surprising M photographs.To M Magazine No. 3
Uwe H. Martin
Almond blossoms stretch as far as the eye can see: California cultivates more produce than anywhere else in the United States. Consequently, the drought is reaching catastrophic proportions. What to do once the water has all run dry? Leica M9, Leica M (Typ 240), Summicron-M 28mm f/2 Asph, Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 Asph, Summicron-M 35mm f/2 Asph, Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 Asph. www.uwehmartin.deTo LFI 7/2015
You can see the reportage in LFI 7/2015.
To shoot his urban panoramas, HG Esch has always favoured the elevated vantage point of hills or tall buildings. Now, he has opened up a whole new range of possibilities with his ‘flying tripod’: a precision drone carrying his Leica S, custom-fitted with a microscope camera within the viewfinder for transmitting images to a monitor on the ground. Leica S (Typ 006), Elmarit-S 30 mm f/2.8 Asph, Summarit-S 70 mm f/2.5 Asph.To LFI 6/2015
Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2015
The Leica Oskar Barnack Award has been given for the 35th time and the winners this year are as diverse as photography itself: JH Engström was named overall winner for his convincing personal essay; Wiktoria Wojciechowska took the Newcomer Award for her surprising China series. This Video presents the work of the winners and finalists.To the special edition of LFI
One thing in common – the Leica M
A comprehensive compilation of exceptional photography, with one thing in common – the Leica M. With David Alan Harvey, Ayman Oghanna, Valerio Bispuri, Matt Stuart, Stanley Greene, Bettina Flitner and a best-of surprising M photographs. m-magazine.photographyTo M Magazine No. 2
Five years ago, French photographer Stéphane Lavoué discovered a charming corner of the United States. Located in the state of Vermont, it is known as the Northeast Kingdom. This little area is characterized by the wild ruggedness of the landscape, as well as by its residents, who are the focus of the series. You are invited to take part in a special journey! Leica M (Typ 240), Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 Asph, Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 Asph, Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 Asph. www.stephanelavoue.frTo LFI 3/2015
See Stephané Lavoué’s portfolio in LFI 3/2015.
Since the end of 2013, France has sent more than 1200 soldiers to the Central African Republic – including a large number of foreign legionnaires. They come from different countries and fight for a common cause: the end of the civil war. Edouard Elias accompanied the troops. Leica M (Typ 240), Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 Asph, Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 Asph. www.edouardelias.comTo LFI 2/2015
See Edouard Elias’ reportage in LFI 2/2015.
2015 marks the centenary of the Armenian genocide. Many Armenians survived the tragedy after being hidden by Kurdish and Turkish families. Their descendants mostly only learn about their background decades later. For many it is the beginning of a search for their own identity. A reportage about the traces of Armenian life in Turkey. Leica M (Typ 240), Elmarit-M 28 mm f/2.8 Asph. www.andyspyra.comTo LFI 1/2015
See Andy Spyra’s reportage in LFI 1/2015.
The Maldives are a holiday paradise where luxury resorts draw thousands of tourists to their pristine, beautiful white beaches. Yet the sun, sand and excess are a sharp contrast to the poverty, corruption and garbage that residents and immigrants encounter daily. A reportage about contrasts and extremes. Leica M9, Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 Asph. www.pspfoto.deTo LFI 8/2014
See Philipp Spalek in LFI Blog.
See Philipp Spalek’s reportage in LFI 8/2014.
One thing in common – the Leica M
A comprehensive compilation of exceptional photography, with one thing in common – the Leica M. With Bruce Gilden, Trent Parke, Alex Webb, Jan Grarup, Anton Kusters, Ciril Jazbec and a best-of unforgettable pictures taken by acclaimed Leica photographers. m-magazine.photographyTo M Magazine 1/2014
Alvaro Ybarra Zavala
The use of gene-manipulated plants and increasingly aggressive chemicals transforms Argentina’s agricultural industry. Cases of cancer and deformities are rising – the local population fightsTo LFI 6/2014
against an invisible danger. Leica M6, Leica M9, Leica M Monochrom with Summicron-M 50 mm f/2, Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 Asph and Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 Asph. www.alvaroybarra.com
See Alvaro Ybarra’s reportage in LFI 6/2014.
A link between the city and the countryside, a home and a meeting place, and all packed into about one kilometre. Built in the seventies in the south-west of Rome, many people believed in the Corviale’s innovative living concept. Reality, however, looks somewhat different. This is a story of an unfulfilled promise, manifested in stone. Leica M9 with Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 Asph, Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 Asph, Summilux-M 24 mm f/1,4 Asph, and Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 Asph.To LFI 4/2014
See Andrea Boccalini’s reportage in LFI 4/2014.
Tomás Munita/Dominic Nahr
On 11 March 2011, following the worst earthquake in Japan’s history, disaster struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant forcing 160,000 people from their homes when the area was declared an exclusion zone. While nature has regained the upper hand, the people have relocated to emergency shelters. Two photographic perspectives. Leica M9 with Summicron-M 35mm f/2 Asph and Summilux-M 1:1.4/50mm Asph.To LFI 3/2014
Please find the photo essay in LFI Magazine 3/2014.
Mongolia – the land of Genghis Khan and nomads. In addition to tradition and simplicity, members of the upper class in Ulan Bator enjoy a luxurious life-style – though they are not at ease in front of the camera. Leica M and M9 with Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 Asph. www.sven-zellner.deTo LFI 2/2014
Please find Sven Zellner’s reportage in LFI Magazine 2/2014.
Vast cracks have appeared in Libya’s southern borders: refugees and smuggled goods flood into the country – corruption is the order of the day at many checkpoints. Not so in Al Luer, where 138 young men fight for justice on their own terms. They belong to the Tubu people, a non-Arab minority determined to find peace in the wake of Gaddafi’s death. Leica M9, Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 Asph. www.antoniazennaro.comTo LFI 8/2013
Please find Antonia Zennaro’s reportage in LFI Magazine 8/2013.
Uwe H. Martin
The so-called Soya Highway runs for 1740 kilometres through Brazil’s Amazon region to the savannah of central Brazil. It has opened up the wilderness to work, rule of law, and big money. But there is a price to pay for progress: farmers turn increasingly to monoculture and pesticides – nature is suffering and disappearing. We take a journey along the BR-163. Leica M9, Summicron 35 mm f/1.2 Asph, Summarit 90 mm f/2.5. www.uwehmartin.deTo LFI 6/2013
Please find Uwe H. Martin's reportage in LFI Magazine 6/2013.
In Hong Kong, one of the world’s wealthiest metropolises, there are around 130,000 people living in cages. While ever more luxury shops open just a few streets away, many inhabitants can no longer afford the increasing rents. To avoid living on the streets, they move into wire cages – their entire world reduced to a few square metres, a life shared with strangers. Leica M9, Elmarit 28 mm f/2.8, 21 mm f/2.8, Summilux 35 mm f/1.4 Asph. www.kailoeffelbein.deTo LFI 4/2013
Please find Kai Löffelbein's reportage in LFI Magazine 4/2013.
Julie, Ivo and their two daughters are a perfectly normal family – or maybe not. Some might question the decision, made 2 1/2 years ago, to pick up stakes and move to a farm in the north German state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, when they are not farmers nor society drop-outs. Marcus Reichmann has been keeping track of them since they moved. www.marcusreichmann.comTo LFI 2/2013
Please find Marcus Reichmann's reportage in LFI Magazine 2/2013.
Ellen von Unwerth
The film Ellen von Unwerth produced for the eighth issue of the S Magazine, is a sensually staged story about a girl gang, told in a cinematographic and light-hearted manner.To S Magazine No. 8
The making-of video behind the Changes of Hue by Rui Faria and directed by Julia Flit. For the photo shoot, Faria set the stage for a yearning for spring and summer, a new, fresh, colourful season, a renewal of life, of hope and energy.To LFI 5/2016
His portfolio can be found in LFI 5/2016. See the whole Changes of Hue series and an interview at: s-magazine.photography.
As if yesterday were today: the Lindy Hop has once again become extremely popular, reviving the 1930s together with swing music and retro outfits. Maurizio Beucci picked up his camera and mingled with the dancers. M Monochrom, M240 www.mauriziobeucci.comTo LFI 3/2016
You can see the reportage in LFI 3/2016.
Bruce Gilden in Hamburg
Bruce Gilden is talking about the Giant Prints and his 'American Made' project/exhibition in Hamburg. See the whole project in Leica Fotografie International's special edition of the S Magazine: s-magazine.photographyTo S Magazine No. 7
Bruce Gilden – American Made
Bruce Gilden is considered one of the most polarising American photographers. His mercilessly tough and confrontational style of street photography is as famous as it is infamous. With American Made, the S Magazine presents a series showing entirely new facets of his work. s-magazine.photographyTo S Magazine No. 7
In the far north-east of Georgia, on the border with the Caucasian republics of Dagestan and Chechnya, where the bear and the wolf roam wild, the Tusheti people have managed to carve out a piece of independence for themselves. A journey to the land of holy drinkers, archaic customs and traditions.To LFI 1/2016
You can see the reportage in LFI 1/2016.
From punk concerts to tank trenches - Stanley Greene reports on close to forty years as a photo journalist. Watch the LFI Artist Talk video here.To LFI 7/2015
Indios from the Nasa tribe have occupied three plantations. 180 people have been injured during battles with the police. Jonas Wresch reports on the desperate battle for land, survival and tradition. M9, Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 Asph, Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 Asph. www.jonaswresch.comTo LFI 6/2015
See Jonas Wresch’s reportage in LFI 6/2015.
Passing by in the blink of an eye: Wiktoria Wojciechowska photographed Chinese cyclists riding in the inclement, on-going rain. She considers her snapshot-like images are real portraits, as they speak of the truth of an undisguised moment.To the special edition of LFI
The Swedish photographer has won the 2015 Leica Oskar Barnack Award for his Tout Va Bien series. JH Engström’s photography gives visual form to existential states. Without focussing on one specific style, Engström collects various impressions in rural and urban scenes – impressions that correspond to his emotions. In doing so, he explores what existence is really all about.To the special edition of LFI
Kiên Hoàng Lê
Photographer Kiên Hoàng Lê went exploring in Tokyo’s entertainment district: meeting night owls and lovers, artists and cross-dressers, outsiders and lonely people – a colourful combination in black and white, all centred in a tiny bar. Leica M9, Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 Asph, Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 Asph.To LFI 4/2015
See Kiên Hoàng Lê’s essay in LFI 4/2015.
Danny Wilcox Frazier
All change on the Western Front: small farms are disappearing, young people moving to the city, industrialisation striding ahead. Danny Wilcox Frazier draws a portrait of his homeland of Iowa – black and white, with shadows and plenty of feeling. Leica M6 TTL, Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 Asph. www.mediastorm.comTo LFI 8/2014
See Danny Wilcox Frazier in LFI Blog.
See Danny Wilcox Frazier’s essay in LFI 8/2014.
100 years of Leica photography
A truly superlative Leica exhibition has opened at the Haus der Photographie at Hamburg’s Deichtorhallen. In addition to showing 500 photographs, there are technical exhibits, films and much more to attract photo enthusiasts to the city.To LFI Blog
LFI talked to the curator Hans-Michael Koetzle, to the photographers Ulrich Mack, F. C. Gundlach and Rudi Meisel and to Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, chairman of Leica’s supervisory board. www.deichtorhallen.de
They have the feeling they were born into the wrong body, so they often choose to undergo gender change surgery. For the trans in the largest city of Turkey, Istanbul, the desire for a normal life has become like a daily revolutionary battle. Leica M with Summarit-M 35 mm f/2.5. www.giuliorimondi.comTo LFI 7/2014
See Giulio Rimondi’s reportage in LFI 7/2014.
An “extreme sport” exists in Sout Africa's townships, which often results in amputations, or even death. Known as train surfing, thrill-seeking teenage boys perform unimaginable stunts atop commuter trains – at full speed. Anger management and manhood ritual: To exhibit their bravery, the boys literally risk lives and limbs. Leica M with Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 Asph, Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 Asph, Elmarit-M 28 mm f/2.8 Asph and Leica X Vario.To LFI 5/2014
For his Staff Riding video – recorded with the Leica M and X Vario – Marco Casino won this year’s World Press Photo Multimedia Contest in the Short Features category and the PDN Photo Annual Award in the Video category. www.marcocasino.com
See Marco Casino’s reportage in LFI 5/2014.
Born 1909 in Dresden as the son of a Rabbi, Fred Stein was forced to leave Germany under the growing threat of Fascism. Arriving in Paris, the Leica photographer turned his hobby into a profession. In 1941 he was able to escape occupied France and travel to New York. Along with Street Photography, he increasingly focused on portraiture, creating 1,200 portraits of famous personalities during his time in New York alone. Fred Stein died on 27 September 1967 aged just 58. His son, cinematographer Peter Stein, maintains his father's archive, and has now encapsulated the artist's eventful life in a retrospective film. www.fredstein.comTo LFI 3/2014
Video footage courtesy of Peter Stein.
Find out more about Fred Stein in LFI 3/2014.
Officially, Transnistria does not exist. It is not recognised by any other state, yet its inhabitants are undeterred in their fight for independence from Moldova. 500,000 people live in Transnistria, whose passports and currency are worthless beyond its borders. A visit to a self-declared state between communism, hospitality and a search for identity. Leica M7, Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 Asph, Elmarit-M 24 mm f/2.8 Asph, Kodak Tri-X 400, ASA 800. www.kosukeokahara.comTo LFI 1/2014
Please find Kosuke Okahara’s reportage in LFI Magazine 1/2014.
Greece wallows in a deep crisis. While the Greek government has begun liquidating assets, cutting salaries and increasing taxes, many people sell their bodies on the streets of Athens for just a few euros. It is the poorest of the poor who are the hardest hit by the economical downfall. In addition to poverty, a new drug has been gaining popularity – shisha. A dangerous chemical concoction, it is extremely cheap and draws people ever deeper into a cycle of sex, money and the next fix. Leica M9, Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8. www.angelos-tzortzinis.comTo LFI 7/2013
Please find Angelos Tzortzinis's reportage in LFI Magazine 7/2013.
On the holiday island of Bali, the mentally disabled are incarcerated and often mistreated. Families are frequently overwhelmed by the situation – and put the sick in chains. Psychiatrist Luh Ketut Suryani aims to free these forgotten people. Katrin Kuntz and Christian Werner spent time with the doctor on assignment for the news magazine, Der Spiegel. Leica M9, Summilux 35 mm and 50 mm f/1.4 Asph. www.root.generali-ventil.de/Christian/wordpressTo LFI 5/2013
Please find Christian Werner's reportage in LFI Magazine 5/2013.
The Kurds are the largest, stateless group of people in the world. After decades of suppression it is the civil war in Syria that may be offering them a chance for autonomy. The Syrian army has withdrawn from Kurdish territory – will the Kurdish dream of freedom come true at last? The reportage is taken with a Leica M9 in the border region between Turkey and Syria. www.guillemvalle.comTo LFI 3/2013
Please find Guillem Valle's reportage in LFI Magazine 3/2013.
Oscar B. Castillo
On October 7, Hugo Chávez managed to get re-elected president of Venezuela for a fourth consecutive term. He can now stay in power until 2019 – but how will ‘el comandante’ manage to deal with the gaping discrepancies in society and offer the youth a future in which they choose not to turn to violence, drugs and weapons? Focus on Caracas. The reportage is taken with a Leica M9. www.eltestigo.netTo LFI 1/2013
Please find Oscar B. Castillo's reportage in LFI Magazine 1/2013.