The Leica File: One
Posted on September 4, 2011
I’ve been in photography for over twenty-years and I can say with absolute certainty the Leica M camera is the most talking about, revered, despised, envied, lusted after, controversial, overrated, under-appreciated, limited, historical camera I’ve ever seen, heard of, been around or personally used. I’ve heard this camera described as “jewelry,” “a doctor, lawyer toy” and the “best camera ever made.” I’ve owned five Leica’s between 1990 and present day, and I currently use the M6 as my primary picture making tool. Because this camera is such a lightning rod, I thought it would be interesting to focus on a single image, made with this camera, and give a little background as to what was happening during the moment the exposure was made. I’ve used this camera for every type of photography I’ve ever done including weddings, portraits, documentary, commercial, news and journal keeping. It is rare I go anywhere without my M. For me it’s very simple. The camera is small, quiet and somewhat light. The camera does not attract attention, requires only a small, button battery that lasts a long, long time, and is very reliable. What I’m saying is I never have to think about it.
Now, I’m showing these images not only because they were made with this particular camera, but more importantly they are images I feel are a good representation of the type of images I’m after. The final image is FAR more important than the device that made it.
If I was only allowed to keep ONE piece of equipment for the rest of my photo-life I would keep my Leica M.