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    LFI 1/2017


    There’s no way you can miss the fact that LFI has had a makeover!

    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.

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    Winners and Finalists

    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.

    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.

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    Faces of a Country

    Jens Umbach


    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.

    You can find further images in the LFI 7/2016.

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    Out of the Blue

    Deanna Templeton


    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.

    The photo-book The Swimming Pool was published by Um Yeah Arts.

    See the portfolio in LFI 4/2016.

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    M Magazine No. 4

    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.photography

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    Icebreaker

    Ragnar Axelsson


    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.is

    You can see the reportage in LFI 2/2016.

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    M Magazine No. 3

    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.
    m-magazine.photography

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    California Dreamin’

    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.de

    You can see the reportage in LFI 7/2015.

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    Kings of the Sky

    HG Esch


    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.

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    Gewinner und Finalisten

    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.

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    M Magazine No. 2

    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.photography

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    Into the Wild

    Stephané Lavoué


    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.fr

    See Stephané Lavoué’s portfolio in LFI 3/2015.

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    The Foreigners

    Edouard Elias


    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.com

    See Edouard Elias’ reportage in LFI 2/2015.

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    Out of the Dark

    Andy Spyra


    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.com

    See Andy Spyra’s reportage in LFI 1/2015.

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    All inclusive

    Philipp Spalek


    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.de

    See Philipp Spalek in LFI Blog.

    See Philipp Spalek’s reportage in LFI 8/2014.

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    M Magazine No. 1

    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.photography

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    Legal Toxin

    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 fights
    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.

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    Living XXL-Style

    Andrea Boccalini


    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.

    See Andrea Boccalini’s reportage in LFI 4/2014.

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    The Green Mile

    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.
    www.tomasmunita.com
    dominicnahr.com

    Please find the photo essay in LFI Magazine 3/2014.

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    Mongolian Disco

    Sven Zellner


    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.de

    Please find Sven Zellner’s reportage in LFI Magazine 2/2014.

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    Libya's Deserted Borders

    Antonia Zennaro


    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.com

    Please find Antonia Zennaro’s reportage in LFI Magazine 8/2013.

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    Brave New Road

    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.de

    Please find Uwe H. Martin's reportage in LFI Magazine 6/2013.

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    World of Wire

    Kai Löffelbein


    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.de

    Please find Kai Löffelbein's reportage in LFI Magazine 4/2013.

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    Down on the Farm

    Marcus Reichmann


    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.com

    Please find Marcus Reichmann's reportage in LFI Magazine 2/2013.

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    The Nasty 8

    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.

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    In Full Bloom

    Rui Faria


    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.

    His portfolio can be found in LFI 5/2016. See the whole Changes of Hue series and an interview at: s-magazine.photography.

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    Swinging

    Maurizio Beucci


    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.com

    You can see the reportage in LFI 3/2016.

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    'American Made' exhibition

    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.photography

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    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.photography

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    Twilight

    Fulvio Bugani


    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.

    You can see the reportage in LFI 1/2016.

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    LFI Artist Talk

    Stanley Greene


    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.

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    Land in Sight?

    Jonas Wresch


    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.com

    See Jonas Wresch’s reportage in LFI 6/2015.

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    Short Flashes

    Wiktoria Wojciechowska


    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.

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    Tout Va Bien

    JH Engström


    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.

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    Mini Bar

    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.

    See Kiên Hoàng Lê’s essay in LFI 4/2015.

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    Driftless: Stories from Iowa - Teaser

    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.com

    See Danny Wilcox Frazier in LFI Blog.

    See Danny Wilcox Frazier’s essay in LFI 8/2014.

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    Eyes Wide Open!

    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. 

    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

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    Dream Girls

    Giulio Rimondi


    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.com

    See Giulio Rimondi’s reportage in LFI 7/2014.

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    Ticket to Ride

    Marco Casino


    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.

    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.

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    Fred Stein – Fine Cut

    Fred Stein


    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.com

    Video footage courtesy of Peter Stein.
    Find out more about Fred Stein in LFI 3/2014.

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    No Man's Land

    Kosuke Okahara


    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.com

    Please find Kosuke Okahara’s reportage in LFI Magazine 1/2014.

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    Little left to lose

    Angelos Tzortzinis


    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.com

    Please find Angelos Tzortzinis's reportage in LFI Magazine 7/2013.

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    Minds in Chains

    Christian Werner


    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/wordpress

    Please find Christian Werner's reportage in LFI Magazine 5/2013.

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    Dreaming of Utopia

    Guillem Valle


    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.com

    Please find Guillem Valle's reportage in LFI Magazine 3/2013.

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    The Future is Now

    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.net

    Please find Oscar B. Castillo's reportage in LFI Magazine 1/2013.

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