MADE WITH LEICA
Juliette Binoche, Wim Wenders and many others…
A Film and Photo
Documentary and Fiction Workshops Series
Femis National Film School, Paris France
Lodz Film School
Our world, after the great wind of change of 1989, has taken a brutal turn in the wrong direction: epidemics, a global ecological catastrophe, populists and right-wing regimes, wars, the largest refugee crisis in the history of humanity, … We, writers, actors, filmmakers, have to take ACTION, here and now, with the means at our disposal as citizens, as filmmakers, as human beings, and to try to work together to create networks and find local solutions to global problems.
The “Made with Leica Masterclass” series is my proposition to unite the mediums of film and photography through action, and to prove that the tool is much more than the technology we use. The history of the Leica cameras, and the people in front – and behind those legendary cameras, will serve as a starting point for a new evolution of the medias of photography, film and sound, combined into one tool that will continue its work through the Internet and, most important, IN THE REAL WORLD. The Message will become the Medium.
The Masterclasses will be created by teams: journalists, writers, photographers, filmmakers, human rights activists and representants of minority groups, professional and students, who will work with newspapers, human rights and ecological organisations and grassroots movements, this will become the basis for the films of the workshops, confronting the problems of our times.
This work combines different interests I have touched upon in my studies: Directing at La Femis, Cinematography in Lodz, and also screenwriting, translating, acting and workshops, combined through our technology and the modern media, the Internet. In those workshops, we will aim to prove that to achieve global change, we need “all hands on deck” and global actions involving film stars, actors and filmmakers, musicians and artists, human right activists and ordinary citizens, and that the key is to involve many people as possible in the global challenges of the contemporary world. Film, Television and the Internet are the ideal media to act, here and now, and like Wim Wenders said, “change the World – by changing the images of the World”.
The “Made with Leica” Masterclasses will be realized during a series of workshops, with themes like War Children, Human Rights and Ecology, where we will also present the history of the Leica Camera and the great photographers who used it, but also it’s newest achievements in the field of photography as well as the first steps of the “queen of cameras” in an entirely new medium, Cinema, presenting the films realized by the participants on a dedicated Youtube channel.
The “Made with Leica” Youtube channel will feature online workshops and documentaries about the extraordinary history of the Leica, witness to the XXth century, but also tests and reviews of the newest technologies in Film, Photography and Sound, as well as news from the world of TV Series and Film shootings, music concerts and recordings and artistic events, in collaboration with the best camera and equipment brands and the best film festivals.
The “Made with Leica” workshops and Youtube channel will be aimed at film professionals and film lovers from all around the world, and will have local as well as global impact with interviews, shorts, documentaries, fictions and tests of the newest technologies for screenwriting, filming, photography, editing and distributing content on all possible platforms, from Cinemas to TV and mobile phones…
The newest Leica M-E with a summicron 35mm 1.2 LensMADE WITH LEICA
Great screenwriters, writers, actors, directors, composers, artists, sportsmen, stuntmen etc. present their knowledge to the public through films on social media that are continued as workshops in the ‘so-called’ real world. The Masterclasses will be held by famous directors like Wim Wenders, actors like Juliette Binoche or photographers like Sebastiao Salgado, and many, many others…
The Made with Leica MASTERCLASSES are not limited to Leica users or people photographed with a Leica, that would already a lot of wonderful people, Stars from the world of film, photo and sound) but also the many people who would like to try the new Leicas and would agree to be filmed on the same cameras, that makes for a long list…
I. CHILDREN OF EUROPE Children of War Workshops
Inspired by David “Chim” Seymour’s “Children of Europe” mission for UNESCO in 1948, we will travel around Europe and it’s borders to organise Film workshops and financial support for refugee and handicapped Children.
II. GREEN LEICA / LEICA NATURE workshops
Ecological film workshops: actors, activists and scientists organise films about the many simple ways we have to change our lives to change our world, and film students make short ads about this.
III. LEICA HISTORY: Masterclasses about famous Leica users like Gerda Taro, David “Chim” Seymour, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger, many off the Magnum Agency Photographers, but also the story of the Leitz Family, who saved hundreds of Jews during WWII and the history of Leica Photographers in countries like Vietnam, China or India…
Made with Leica
Made with Leica
A Masterclass Series
PILOT Part 1:
CHILDREN OF WAR
Tereska, a child in a residence for disturbed children.
She drew a picture of ‘home’ on the blackboard. Poland. 1948.
© David Seymour | Magnum Photos
CHILDREN OF WAR
Concept: Marcin Latałło
Inspired by the famous photograph “Tereska draws her home” by David “Chim” Seymour during his “Children of Europe” mission for UNESCO, the “Children of Europe” film workshops will integrate children from all backgrounds with those with mental or physical disabilities, but also refugee children who have lost their homes, their families and friends and have found shelter in Europe, as well as children from broken homes or orphans who will work together with actors, students and film stars in a common goal: make a film together.
The true stories of these Children will serve as the basis for film, photography and screenwriting workshops leading to the realization of photo reportages and short films that will be later be distributed through human rights websites and social media channels.
The title, “Children of Europe”, is a reference to the reportage made by David “Chim” Seymour, one of the founders of the Magnum Photo Agency and a photographer, who was commissioned in 1948 by the newly founded UNICEF to photograph some of the 13,000,000 abandoned children in Europe.
In our present times, there are around 200 000 refugee children, or maybe more, within the borders of Europe, and even more around its borders, our workshops are also meant as a way to organize better help for them.
The workshops will begin with projections of classic films and documentaries. Then, with teams composed handicapped children, together with film students, film professionals, journalists, human rights experts, and activists, will write screenplays and realize, together, with the help of film professionals and film students, short photo stories or fiction films in which professional as well as non-professional actors, famous or unknown, will play different roles inspired by their true stories, set in our present-day reality.
These films and photo reportages will be simple to realize with the help of local partners like film schools, NGO’s, camera and film equipment manufacturers and film festivals, and they will be able to reach a very large audience by being distributed through the Internet and social media, as well as through traditional channels like TV and Cinema.
At the beginning of the workshop, the children ask each other the 3 questions from the Kieslowski documentary “Talking heads” (1995): Who are you?” – “Why are you here?” – “What are your dreams?” and they draw their home, that they show to the other children.
There will also be screenings of classic films like Chaplin’s “The Kid”, Tarkovski’s “Ivan’s Childhood”, Kiarostami’s “Where is my friend’s house” and documentaries like Lozinski’s “Everything can happen” and other documentaries on the subject of children, refugees, handicapped, orphaned or just ordinary ones.
The “Children of Europe” films will be inspired by the true stories of refugee children, but transposed into fiction, played by their friends, by young actors, and by famous actors appearing in cameos. In this way, we protect the children’s privacy and the rights to their images, at the same time creating a more positive image of who the children really are and allowing them to express their point of view on the world.
Teams composed of photo and film professionals, students, local and refugee children, together with journalists, human rights experts, activists, assisted by psychologists, will realize short fiction films with young actors, students, and non-professional actors as well as professional film actors, celebrities and amateurs. Set in our reality, telling the true stories of the “Children of Europe”, the films will be produced with the help of local partners, sponsors and film schools and film festivals.
The “Children of Europe” workshops will begin in a school for handicapped children in Warsaw, where Chim made his photo of Tereska, and then continue to other places, associating as many partners as possible in a common effort to make films that will “change the images of the world to change the world” (Wim Wenders).
DURATION: Depending on the circumstances and the resources, the workshops will last between 3 days and more, around 2 weeks being an optimal time. They can be one-time events, but preferably they will span an entire year, with one session every 3 months or so, and become cyclic events that are repeated throughout the year, with different workshops in different cities, connecting the participants through the Internet, creating a community in the long-term.
LOCATIONS: The first workshops will begin in Warsaw, in the school where David Seymour made his famous photograph of Tereska, that still functions as a school for children with mental disabilities. We will then continue in other places, in Paris with refugee children seeking asylum, in Lodz, in Lyon or at the borders of Europe, in Brest, at the border of Poland and Belarus, where many migrant families try to enter Europe, or on the Island of Lesvos, or in other places in Hungary, Italy, Austria, visited by Chim or simply desiring to participate in a common effort…
PARTICIPANTS: The children will always be under the supervision of their parents or their teachers and their legal guardians. The film professionals could range from just one person to a very small crew of two to four, for directing, camera, sound, and editing. There will be guests, actors, and directors, whose films will be screened during the workshops and the actors will participate in the films as guest stars, young actors and students will also join and play various roles in the films.
COMMUNITY: The workshops will follow the model: screenplay and casting, shooting and editing and finally a public presentation and distribution through the channels of humanitarian organizations on the Internet. The films will be made on a very small budget, based on the true stories of the children, simple, moving, accessible to everyone. The Children of Europe workshops aim to create a community of likely-minded people who want to help and organize as well locally as globally, through humanitarian organizations and social media and the Internet.
PARTNERS: We also want to integrate partners like Schools, Universities and Film Schools as well as photo agencies and media groups, with photographers who work on other cameras than Leica but for the same cause, like Olivia Arthur from the UK, Magnus Wennman from Sweden or Zuza Krajweska from Poland.
Lamar, 5 years old, Horgos, Serbia, 2017, “Where the Children Sleep”
© Magnus Wennman
Beatrix from the UK and Hikmat from Nigeria, Glasgow, Scotland. GB. 2017.
© Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
“Birthday”, from the project “Imago” by Zuza Krajewska, Poland 2016
Tereska’s School, The Hymn, Marcin Latałło, Warsaw, 2019
Young Neapolitans placed in a reformatory in the Albergo dei Poveri by order of the Juvenile Court. Children of Europe / Unicef Naples, Italy. 1948.
© David Seymour | Magnum Photos
Made with Leica
A Documentary Workshop Series
PILOT Part 2
“We are only trying to tell a story… We’ve got to tell it now, let the news in, show the hungry face, the broken land, anything so that those who are comfortable may be moved a little.”
David “Chim” Seymour
Dawid Seymour and his Leicas, 1950, Photographer unknown
David “Chim” Seymour
Born Dawid Szymin in 1911 in Warsaw, in a Polish-Jewish family of book publishers, he first studied Graphic Arts in Leipzig and Chemistry at the Sorbonne and then fled Poland and became a photo-journalist in Paris, where he befriended Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa. He rose to fame during the Spanish Civil War, which he covered together with Capa and Gerda Taro – the first female Woman wWar cCorrespondent to die in battle. During the war, Chim went to the US and became an American, working for the Army Intelligence, but his family was killed in the Holocaust.
In 1947, Chim co-founded, with Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson and George Rodger, the Magnum Photo Agency, the world’s first photographic cooperative, and it’s members captured kings, politicians, wars, civil rights movements, rock stars and actors, all the great events of the XXth Century, in iconic images. Chim was fluent in four languages and played the piano, he was an erudite and book lover, who liked elegant clothes and fancy restaurants, but who never had children of his own.
Chim returned to Poland in 1948 for the UNESCO-commissioned book “Children of Europe,” documenting the work of the newly-founded Unicef helping the 13 million wWar oOrphans in post-war Europe. His most famous photograph was of the troubled young girl Tereska drawing her “home” as a maelstrom of lines, in a school for traumatised children in Warsaw. He was killed tragically in 1956 in Egypt during the Suez Canal Crisis.
David Seymour’s legacy is one of humanity; Chim and his friend changed history by observing it with their cameras. He photographed war orphans, film stars and the Nobel prize winners with the same compassionate eye, leaving several thousand photos which will guide us through the incredible story of his life and how the power of his images still resounds.
TERESKA DRAWS HER HOME, 1948
Our workshop begin in contemporary Warsaw, in the school for disabled children where Tereska’s photo was taken, where children with autism and down syndrome will draw their home… We will then try to find traces of the Szymin family, their home, the publishing company “Central” and the newspaper “Hajnt” that they run, and try to discover their fate in the Otwock Ghetto and in the Treblinka Concentration Camp.
Dawid Szymin fled the increasingly anti-semitic atmosphere of Poland to come to Paris, where he found work at the Agency of a friend of the family, called “Photo-Rap”, and soon began working for the leftist magazine “Regards”. He met the young Henri Cartier-Bresson and became friends with Endre Friedmann, a Jewish emigrant like him, who soon changed his name to Robert Capa. We will visit their atelier on Rue Froidevaux, and the grave of Capa’s great love, Gerda Taro.
THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR, 1936
Chim, Capa and Taro go to cover the Spanish Civil War to support the Republicans in their fight against Franco, we retrace their steps to Barcelona, where they meet Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell and Willy Brandt, to Espejo where the “Fallen Soldier” was shot, bringing world-wide fame to Robert Capa, to Madrid and Chim’s photo of Picasso in front of his painting of Guernica, and to Brunete, where Gerda Taro was killed, with fragments from the films of Joris Ivens (on which Capa collaborated) and Henri Cartier Bresson’s about the war, until Franco’s victory.
Picasso in front of his Guernica painting, 1937
© David Seymour-Magnum Photos
Chim accompanied the Spanish refugees on their trip to Mexico, when WWII broke out. Chim went to New York where he reunited with his sister, we will visit his home at Riverside Drive. We will meet two of the last people who knew him and are still alive: the famous photographer Eliott Erwitt and Inge Bondi, Magnum archivist and photography historian, who will evoke their memories of him. Chim worked at a friend photographic laboratory, the “Leco Lab” and became an American, taking the name David Seymour.
MAGNUM PHOTOS, 1947
During the war, Chim worked for the US Intelligence Service, preparing D-Day and the invasion of Normandy, in which his friend Robert Capa took part. The two friends reunited in Paris during the liberation, together with Henri Cartier-Bresson and George Rodger. After the war, the four of them, along with their friend the agent Maria Eisner, founded Magnum, the first photo cooperative, owned by the photographers themselves, and Chim was its first president. We visit Jinx, the widow and collaborator of George Rodger, now 94 years old, she lives in their house in Smarden, Kent, surrounded by their photos, and recalls their friendship with Chim.
During the workshops, we will retrace Chim’s itinerary through post-war Europe, from the images of the children playing on the beaches of Normandy midst the ruins of war ships to the dinners of the Nobel Prize winners in Stockholm, from the founding of the Council of Europe to the reconstruction of Germany, where we will also visit Chim’s Alma Mater, the school of Graphic Design in Leipzig.
”We went back” David Seymour, Magnum Photos, 1947
Chim settled down in Rome, he considered himself a “Mediterrean”. He photographed the many stars working in Cinecittà at that time, such as Joan Collins, Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida, became friends with Ingrid Bergman, after her affair with Robert Capa she married the director Roberto Rossellini and Chim photographed their family, he was also commissioned to photograph the Vatican and Pope Pius XII himself, taking about 2500 pictures.
Chim first made three reportages in Greece, and the “Children of Europe” for UNESCO, he also photographed Queen Frederica and followed her when she went to bring help to the victims of the 1953 Earthquake and also made a remarkable series of photographs in the monasteries in the Meteor mountains.
CHILDREN OF EUROPE, 1948
Probably his most important assignment came when Chim was charged by UNESCO to document the work of the newly-founded Unicef helping the 13 million war orphans in post-war Europe. Travelling for several months through Greece, Italy, Austria, Hungary and his native Poland, Chim made some of his most powerful images, and we will retrace his steps and try to find the people and the places in his pictures, confronting the past and the present.
Audrey Hepburn, Paris, 1956
© David Seymour – Magnum Photos
ISRAEL / EGYPT, 1956
The final chapter will take us to Israel, which became like a second home to Chim, where he tried to find friends from Poland and Italy and documented the rising of a new state. After Robert Capa had stepped on a landmine in Indochina in 1954, Chim became President of Magnum Photos again, and he decided to go to Egypt to cover the Suez Crisis, where he was tragically killed on the border of Egypt and his beloved Israel. His body was brought back to the US, while his precious Leica Cameras disappeared… David Seymour was buried in the New Jersey Cemetery.
Our workshops will allow us to retrace Chim’s steps, looking for the people and the places he photographed, we will analyze archival material from Chim’s life and work, and as his photographs. We will look at his political commitment, his empathy and his humanism, and recreate his work today, confronting the images of the past and the present.
WITH CHIM’S FRIENDS :
ISABELLA ROSSELLINI, actress and her twin ISOTTA, literary critic
SOPHIA LOREN, actress
GINA LOLLOBRIGIDA, actress
JOAN COLLINS, actress
JINX RODGER, widow of George Rodger
BEN SHNEIDERMAN, Chim’s nephew (Washington D.C.)
HELEN SARID, Chim’s niece (Tel Aviv)
ELLIOTT ERWITT, Magnum photographer (NY), friend of Chim, and his son MISHA
IRENE AND JANE HALSMAN, daughters of Photographer Philippe Halsman
INGE BONDI Magnum Editor, friend and colleague (Princeton, N.J.),
SUSAN MEISELAS, Photographer
OLIVIA ARTHUR, Photographer
THOMAS DWORZAK, Photographer
PETER VAN AGMAET, Photographer
CYNTHIA YOUNG Curator, ICP Archives ( New York),
TERESA ADWENTOWSKA’S FAMILY
GREGOR SIEBENKOTTEN, director of the Tereska Foundation
Chim in Paris, 1956,
by his friend Eliott Erwitt, Magnum Photos
The Leica Monochrome shoots only in black-and-white
MADE WITH LEICA
THE GREEN LEICA
THE “GREEN LEICA” WORKSHOPS
Our second workshop will be placed under the sign of Ecology, with the great Sebastiao Salgado as a Master. A group of young talented advertising creators will participate in the “Green Leica” Workshops, where they create short ecological ads, filming on the latest Leica cameras.
The workshops will allow enthusiasts of the advertising arts to make their own films, promoting ecological behavior in their city, Warsaw, one of the most polluted in Europe, and in the world, in cooperation with scientists, activists and specialists in environmental protection.
The workshops will also be a meeting place where you can create your own team, and present your work to advertising producers and potential distributors operating on social media and to the city of Warsaw.
The Participants will invent ecological social campaigns, under the guidance of advertising professionals. Young filmmakers and graduates of Film Schools will realise short films promoting a healthy lifestyle and ecological behavior to protect the planet and stop global warming, under such slogans as: Green Warsaw, Stop smog, EkoTorby, Segregation of garbage, Green transport, etc …
The “Green Leica” workshops will allow participants to get to know and gather a team of screenwriters, actors, operators, sound engineers, editors as well as colorists and producers. They will present their works on the Internet and subject them to the evaluation of professionals, which will allow them to make valuable contacts and the so-called “networking”, and to sell their advertising film through social media channels.
The workshops will take place in four stages: scenario and casting, shooting of the films, post-production and finally, a premiere in front of a panel of professionals. Everyone can sign up for the workshops and realise their own films, as well as to get the opportunity to distribute them on social media and on the Internet using all the modern media available, such as YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
LOCAL AND GLOBAL
Our Workshops will be accompanied by meetings with outstanding professionals, film projections and slideshow, during which participants will learn about various problems related to ecology, while using tools such as Leica cameras, which will allow them to enter the new millennium of still and moving images.
After the first edition of the “Green Leica” workshops. a community of participants will have been created around the website, that will operate both locally and online. Participants will have special access to equipment, new and used, and their work will be carried out continuously over the internet, into other subsequent editions with new ecological topics: air, water, land and forests… Companies sponsoring the workshops will provide funds for equipment and expenses for the realisation of the films.
The Green Leica Workshops will become a forge of talents, during which you will be able to interact with masters of advertising, to create your own team, or meet an artistic agent, producer or distributor and work together for the environment and for ecology, both at local and global level.
Screening of the movie “Salt of the Earth”, Slideshow “Genesis”, Video conference with Sebastiao Salgado, selection of the crew.
1. SCENARIO + CASTING
Participants: supervisor, screenwriter, 1 special guest + workshop participants, actors, crews, audience…
Pitch: each director presents his script, a short story presenting ecological activities in the city of Warsaw in an interesting way, reportage, love story, fashion, eco, astro and food… Later, work in subgroups on the scenarios with a workshop supervisor and tutor, a professional screenwriter. In the evening, slide shows and film projections.
2. SHOOTING + EDITING
Participants: Supervisor, Actors, Crews
Participants get a Leica camera and have 24 hours to realise their eko ads, with the help of actors and technical teams met at workshops who help them.
3. PREMIERE + DISTRIBUTION
Participants: supervisor, editor, sound technician, colorists
Participants edit image and sound in a post-production studio, with the help of workshop supervisors and professional editors.
In the last stage, workshop participants present their finished films to an audience and a panel of professionals: clients, agents, distributors, producers, city authorities, magazines and other … who award prizes: the City of Warsaw, Leica, Audience … Then distribution on the Internet and a joint eco event / bio with vegan food. Then these eco-ads will be distributed in cinemas, television and various social media.
Made with Leica
The third episode of our documentary workshops will reveal the mystery behind the most famous War Photograph of the XXth Century, “The Fallen Soldier”, that made the young photographer Robert Capa famous all around the world. But was it really made by Capa, or by his girlfriend, Gerda Taro, who was also his assistant and a photographer too. Was this photo staged or not? What camera was used to shoot it? Who was in the picture, and who was behind it?
Our workshop will explore the fascinating story of Gerda Taro, born Gerta Pohorylle in 1910 in Stuttgart, Germany with a Polish Passport, and who fled antisemitism when the Nazi Party rose to power in Nazi Germany, and arrived in Paris in 1934, where she befriended Endre Arno Friedmann, a young Hungarian Jew, and they fell in love and decided to become World famous Photographer Robert Capa and his assistant Gerda Taro.
Thanks to another Jewish emigrant, the more experienced and already well known David Szymin, nicknamed “Chim”, the couple went along with him for the French Magazine “Regards” to Spain to cover the Civil War on the Republican side. From Barcelona to Espejo, from Madrid to Brunete, where Gerda Taro died under a tank while retreating from the bombing of the town by Franco’s planes, our workshop will follow the steps of the first woman photographer to die in battle, without whom Robert Capa and Magnum Photos never would have existed…
The next workshop will analyse the work and life of Robert “Bob” Capa, born Andre Erno Friedmann, who became the greatest war photographer of the XXth Century, who landed with the Marines on D-Day, invented the Magnum Photo Agency, and died on the field of battle, in Vietnam, then called Indochina, when he stepped onto a landmine (wearing a Nikon) in 1954.
D-Day, Omaha Beach, France, Robert Capa Magnum Photos 1945
LEICA AT WAR
The next workshop will look at the role of the Leica in World War II. From the “Leitz Freedom Camera”, where the Leitz family helped their Jewish Employees to escape Nazi Germany, to Adolf Hitler’s photographer and the “Propagandekompanie Bildberichter”, from Birma to the African Front, from the battle of Ivo Jima to the fall of Berlin, the Leica, and her Russian sister the FED, was there…
The INTERNATIONAL LEICA STREET FILMS MASTERCLASS will pay homage to the greatest wanderer of all, on the streets of Paris, Calcutta or Mexico, Henri Cartier-Bresson himself, and the way he changed the way we look at the world through his Leica and its 50mm lens and continue his tradition of observation of humanity.
Berlin Wall, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Magnum Photos, 1965
French photographer Henri Cartier Bresson on the roof of the Magnum office penthouse on West 57th Street. New York, 1961 © Dennis Stock/Magnum Photos
GEORGE AND JINX’S TRAVELS
The next workshop will allow us to explore the incredible story of George Rodger and his wife and collaborator Jinx, together they travelled more than 70 countries in their life. Jinx, now 92, still lives and recalls their adventures.
Robert Doisneau’s Photographe “Le Baiser de l’Hotel de Ville” will initiate a series of SHORT STORIES OF LOVE, film workshops that will start in Paris, then continue in London, New York, Tokyo, Sidney and on…
The next workshop will concern the wars in Vietnam and the neighbouring countries, which lasted for more than 40 years, and the photographers there who worked with a Leica, and it’s younger Japanese sister, the Nikon, and many of these brave men and women died in the line of duty on the killing fields of Vietnam.
Our workshop will analyse how Leica captured the legends of Hollywood and Cinecitta, from James Dean to Marylin Monroe, from Scarlett Johannsen to Jason Momoa, from Gina Lollobrigida to Juliette Binoche, in glorious color and in black-and-white.
James Dean on Times Square,
Dennis Stock, Magnum Photos, 1960
Marylin Monroe, Clark Gable, Montgomery Cliff, Elli Wallach, Arthur Miller, John Huston
on the set of “The Misfits”, Eliott Erwitt, Magnum Photos, 1960
WITNESS OF TIME
From its conception in 1911 in Wetzlar to its presence of the fields of battle of all the wars and social upheaval of this century, to its role in space exploration, the Leica has always been, and remains, the witness of the march of time and history.
Oskar Barnack, shadow of the Zeppelin, Germany, 1913
A GERMAN STORY
The final workshop will bring us back to Germany and the roots of the Leica. From its conception in 1911 and throughout its presence in History, the Leica is German in its essence and International in its technology and design, functional and open to the world, observing good and bad, black and white, people and their times.
The Wetlzar Eisenmarkt, The First Street Photograph, taken with a Leica, 1914
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
MARCIN LATAŁŁO: Director, Cinematographer, Actor. Polish – Jewish – German – French – English mixture. Studied directing at La femis in Paris and Cinematography at the Lodz Film School. Collaborated with Andrzej Wajda, Agnieszka Holland and Krzysztof Kieślowski. Directed social and cultural documentaries for ARTE and Polish Television, “Our Street” went to Idfa in the main competition. His first Fiction Film: “A Sailor without Sea”, will premiere in 2020.
MADE WITH LEICA
LEICA CINEMA: behind-the-scenes with the greatest directors and cinematographers, on the sets of films and TV-Series films like Batman, James Bond, Star Wars or The Witcher…
LEICA TESTS: The Technical evolution of the Leica Cameras and Lenses Q2, SL2, S3, Monochrome, as well as lenses, Voigtlander, 7Art, audio recorders (Tascam/Zoom/Nagra), and other equipment like VR, Drones, Gimbals…
LEICA REVIEWS:The Newest in Leica and partners, in collaboration with Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Minolta, Canon, Sony, Contax / Zeiss, Apple, Huawei, Manfrotto, Ronin, etc…
LEICA AND HUMAN RIGHTS: The actual role of the Leica Camera and the many photographers who choose to observe our world to create images that try to bring change to our times.
LEICA AND MUSIC: The Chopin Competition, Jazz and Pop concerts, Studio Albums, the Leica was an eye and now also can hear.
LEICA PUBLICITY: How Leica was used in advertising and how it advertised itself.
LEICA FASHION: Behind the scenes of Haute Couture, the Newest Collections, the Best Fashion Films with Vogue, Elle and Elite models…
LEICA TALKING HEADS: Interviews with famous Photographers but also Directors, Cinematographers, Actors and Musicians…
LEICA FESTIVALS: Big Film Festivals and Small Trade Fairs around the world (Film, Photo, Sound, Music, Computers…)
LEICA QUEENS: The great Leica woman photographers, like Ilse Bing or Gerda Taro, the photographs of Nan Goldin, Prima Ballerinas and Crazy Horse Dancers…
LEICA NATURE: Leica Wildlife and Nature photography and film in the most beautiful places in Europe and elsewhere…
LEICA ART: Books, Prints, Posters, Exhibitions…
+ LEICA VR, LEICA GIRLS, LEICA FOOD AND WINE, LEICA TRAVELS, LEICA BLACK AND WHITE, LEICA 48h COMPETITIONS, LEICA CARS, LEICA WATCHES…
AND THE NEWEST LEICA SL2 WITH A SUMMICRON 50mm 1.2 L-MOUNT LENS
The Leitz Summicron C-Lens Series
Marcin Latałło, Warsaw 28th March 2020