— Apple CEO, Tim Cook on his company’s commitment to privacy.
I’m sure very many of us have heard of Vivian Maier. But I think far fewer have actually bothered to buy any of the books containing her work. Books like this, this and this, for example. Certainly in my case, I put off purchasing any of them because I figured that with this surge in interest in Maier, it will be some time yet before supplies run out.
However, now I think I really do need to get a move on. This legal dispute in the US could mean that books related to Maier will rapidly fly off the shelves and already sold ones, therefore, also quickly gaining in value.
So that’s it. I’m buying whatever Maier I can get my hands on tomorrow! There’s a few around Tokyo bookstores, if you know where to look.
This is surely one to get the Leica nuts and, especially, film buffs excited. Well, anyway, at least those with the inclination and, more importantly perhaps, the dough to get one. At the Photokina event in Germany, Leica just released a new film camera; yes, a film camera! And it’s called the Leica M-A.
The problem is, the M-A seems to have one potentially fatal flaw. The damn thing only comes in chrome, black or silver. Which means, of course, that over time, the camera will not exhibit the usual signs of use and aging so preferred by many a Leica fanboy: brassing. This fanboy is definitely unimpressed.
I’ll think I’ll stick to my LHSA M6, thank you very much. That one will brass.
Overall, in the looks deparment, the M-A does beat its also new stable mate, the so-called "Leica M Edition 60". But if Leica were trying to produce a digi that is as true to what a Leica M ought to be - i.e., sans digital display in the back - then I’m afraid that they failed miserably on this one, too. This limited edition release camera (numbering just 600 worldwide) is about as butt-ugly as any limited edition Leica as I’ve ever seen. It looks sort of incomplete! The thing doesn’t even come with strap lugs.
Still, for the Leica fanboy, there is still hope. Just check out these new Summarits! They’re a wee bit faster than the older version and only marginally dearer. Definitely worth considering over the Summicrons.
Rebecca Mead on the notion of “relatability”, for The New Yorker magazine.
While she is, of course, referencing works in literature, I could not help but think that perhaps her commentary could also be applied to photography and, indeed, the arts in general.
Somebody with enough time on their hands and, obviously, ingenuity actually did this - a “frankencamera”, old 70’s rangefinder and a Sony NEX-5 in one!
In case you’re feeling inspired by that, here’s how Ollie did it.
Some weekend reading.
Tokyo based photographer, John Sypal, and the man behind the world-renowned blog, Tokyo Camera Style, has donated a couple of prints from his "Nebraska" series in aid of a fund-raising drive for So Books this weekend. Should be a good event I think, although I’m not sure that I can make it. I do have an extra copy of the Winogrand exhibition book that I’m happy to let go.
By the way, helping to revive So Books is a worthy cause. I picked up a few books there myself, including “1964” by Winogrand, which the genteel owner said he was rather sad to let go, a couple of Callahans and I think Helen Levitt’s “Crosstown”.
Today was, of course, Apple’s big day; they finally revealed a number of important products including two upgraded versions of the iPhone, a watch, something called Apple Pay and the iOS8. But actually, there was something else that grabbed my attention and which I thought a tad more interesting.
FujiFilm has just released the newest iteration of their X100 camera, calling it the “X100T”. It is early days yet, but DPReview already has quite a detailed early look, so you can go and read that. For my money, however, I don’t think I’ll be upgrading from my X100S (the last version). I’m very impressed with the “S” and, besides, I bought it only in March!
At this point some of you may wonder: don’t I shoot film? Well, of course, I do. Plenty of it, in fact. But I have never let that stopped me from using a digital kit. There are always times when a digi is the appropriate tool to use. Plus, it is sometimes a lot of fun shooting digital. And, you know, without being an expert in these things, the files you get from the X100S are just amazing!
Somebody in my Twitter stream just mentioned this wonderful looking exhibition of photographs by the legendary Indian photographer, Ragu Rhai - In Light of India. The problem is that it’s over in HK and is due to end in a couple of weeks. Very tempting to just get on the next plane to HK and spend a weekend there to see this.
But if you’re in Hong Kong itself or making a stop there in the next few days, then lucky you; make sure to check out the exhibition.