Reflection on the Leica T

The recent announcement of the Leica T has elicited some interesting responses. I have personally vowed to stay away from camera reviews in this blog, and since I have not had the chance to test the Leica T, I will avoid all talk of megapixels, lens options, metering, and all things technical.

I will however comment on the Leica T as an object and as such the Leica T is simply stunning. Leica has brought this new camera to sculptural levels. Produced from a single block of aluminum, it has a sleek abstract form. With only a few dials and a touch screen, the T brings Leica’s traditional minimal, utilitarian design into this century. I believe that regardless of the T’s performance, Leica deserves accolades for their daring alone.

If Leica’s craft went into all commercial products the public might not be so quick to move on to the next new thing. Will the camera sell? Who cares really. The fact that Leica is producing the T shows that they are dedicated to advancing their vision of photography.

Leica’s new camera reminds me of another compact, the Contax T. When the Contax T was introduced in the mid 1980s the press said the pocket size rangefinder with a Zeis lens was too expensive.  Yet the Contax was a great little camera that raised the public’s perception of the Contax brand. When this first T was released the press said it was not a “serious” camera. However I sold quiet a few to some photographic heavy weights from the store where I worked in Boston.

In conclusion, all I can say is well done Leica. I hope that in the case of the Leica T beauty is more than skin deep.

I am including a link to so you can read their in depth reviews of the technical side of this new Leica T. I am also including a couple of links to the Contax T for reference purposes.

DP Review Leica T

Contax T reviewed by Paulo Moreira

Leica T Specifications

Fine Art Photography Grows in Popularity

On 4/9/14 the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announced, “…the creation of the John and Lisa Pritzker Center for Photography, which will be the largest exhibition space for photography and among the most advanced photographic arts centers of any art museum in the United States.”

With the construction of the 15,500 square-foot center, SFMOMA will be adding close to 11,000 square feet of exhibition space dedicated to photography. The museum will be adding photographs to its collection by artists: Edward Weston, Minor White, Imogen Cunningham, Jay DeFeo, Robert Heinecken, Lewis Baltz, John Divola. Ansel Adams, Ken Graves, John Harding, Hal Fischer, Michael Jang, Pirkle Jones, Dorothea Lange, Mark Ruwedel, Stephen Shore, and Larry Sultan.

So is this move by SFMOMA an anomaly or is the popularity of photography as fine art on the rise? As stated in a piece by Gareth Harris in The Art Newspaper, “…will the crowds turn out to fill the galleries? If exhibitions at other museums are any sign, the answer is most likely yes.” Harris goes on to say that this popularity exist especially in the 20th century classics of photography.

To read more on this topic I have included links to the two articles I have used as sources below.

SFMOMA Expansion

Mass Exposure Why Museums are Focusing on Photography

“Let Us Roam”

©Arto Saari

©Arto Saari

Most of the Leica crowd falls into that venerated category I affectionately call “The Geezers.” But believe it or not there are young folk using Leicas as well!

Leica is currently sponsoring a series of short films by young Leica users. The “Let Us Roam” series of short films is an ongoing project to feature photographers, artists, and film makers inside the world of skateboard culture. “Let Us Roam” is the next generation making its mark on visual culture. Makes a “Geezer” feel good.

To find out more about “Let Us Roam” I have included these links:

“Let Us Roam” Website
Leica Blog Post: Interview with Chris Murphy, Creative Director
“Let Us Roam” Film Trailers