Leica Camera announces lecture series featuring photojournalist Peter Turnley


“Moments of the Human Condition” provides rare glimpse into history’s iconic images

Allendale, NJ (February 23, 2012) – Leica Camera, Inc. announces a new Leica Lecture Series titled “Moments of the Human Condition” featuring internationally acclaimed Photojournalist Peter Turnley. Offering a unique look into the life and work of one of the world’s preeminent photojournalists, this Leica Lecture Series is free to the public and includes stops in Austin, TX on April 18, 2012, Washington, D.C. in May 2012 and New York, NY in October 2012. Throughout the past three decades, Turnley has viewed history’s most critical events, much through the lens of a Leica: from the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 1989 revolutions in Eastern Europe to the devastation at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001 and most recently, the turning point in the Egyptian Revolution. These lectures allow participants to not only view these iconic photographs but also hear the stories behind the images that have shaped our views of world history.

“This intriguing series provides a rare glimpse into the mindset of an individual who experienced history as it was unfolding,” said Christian Erhardt, Vice President of Marketing at Leica Camera, Inc. “With these events, we hope to support local photographic communities with new and culturally significant programming while bringing the Leica experience to a new generation photographers. Peter Turnley’s work serves as an inspiration to all and demonstrates the magnitude of work that can be captured with a Leica camera.”

“For me, photography is at its core all about sharing an expression of our feelings, perceptions and observations about the world around us,” added Turnley. “The camera is simply a tool in this process - what is most important is what we communicate. Yet, the tool we choose to use for our visual storytelling is like a close friend that helps us and accompanies us on our journey. My Leica rangefinder camera has been a life-long friend.”

Acclaimed for his compassionate documentation of the realities of the human condition, Turnley draws poignant attention to the plight of people that deserve greater attention for their suffering of hardship or injustice. With his vision, Turnley also affirms the many aspects of  life that are beautiful, poetic, just and good. Having worked in over 90 countries, he has documented most major stories of international geo-political and historic significance that took place within the past 30 years and is renowned for his photographs of his adopted home Paris made with a Leica camera.

Turnley’s photographs have been on the cover of Newsweek 43 times and are published frequently in the world’s most prestigious publications including Harper’s, Stern, Paris Match, Geo, LIFE, National Geographic, The London Sunday Times, VSD, Le Figaro, Le Monde and The New Yorker. Additionally, Turnley’s images have won numerous international awards including the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad, numerous awards and citations from World Press Photo and the University of Missouri’s Pictures of the Year competition.

The lecture series is presented in conjunction with the Austin Center for Photography in Austin, TX and Parsons, The New School for Design in New York, NY.  Throughout each event, Leica Camera representatives will be on hand with the full Leica portfolio to discuss the tools Turnley utilized to capture history.

For additional details and to register, please visit www.leicaakademie.com. Please note that seating is limited and preregistration is recommended to guarantee admittance. More information about Turnley and his work is available at http://www.peterturnley.com.

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  • Nobody Special

    Christian Ehardt says “….Peter Turnley’s work serves as an inspiration to all and demonstrates the magnitude of work that can be captured with a Leica camera.”

    Yes, fine images – but couldn’t they be captured with another brand of camera too?

    • MJr

      Sure. Don’t need a Bentley to reach Rome either.

    • Banksie

      Um, he never said that they couldn’t be captured with another camera. He simply said that they demonstrate the “magnitude of work that can be captured with a Leica camera.” Saying that clearly doesn’t exclude any other options. If the guy used a plastic Lomo then the images would demonstrate the “magnitude of work that can be captured with a Lomo camera.”

      • Nobody Special


        Having used Leicas for many years, the advertising formula is the same as always has been used. Of course, Leica does things this way to get as many sales as possible, and while it doesn’t say that they can only be captured with a Leica, it is implied. If it works why change it, after all, it is about sales. Yes?

    • In Awe

      @ Nobody Special

      Re: your first post.

      What a stupid comment.

      • Nobody Special

        jee – i’m glad u like mi stewpud commennt

        obviously not a deep tinker like you…i’m in awe of u.

        thank u.

        • In Awe

          As I of you, sir. Maybe you forget you are on the Leica Rumors site. Everything here is for the fanboys.

  • Nobody Special

    It’s all fine and well if someone wants to believe his comment – but really – these are all about selling product and making people believe that it was the ‘camera’ that took them.

    So that must mean any camera of like spec could ‘take’ them as well. Years ago, Leica had an ad campaign with Ernst Haas – an excellent photographer – the ads were for the Leicaflex SL – a fine camera. What it didn’t say was he also used Nikons for a lot of his work as well, often on the same assignments.

    • MJr

      Yea they’re going to sell massive amounts of product after these lectures i’m sure. And Nikon will automatically be declared illegal for anyone who does fall for their ploy.

  • Taro’s daughter

    I had been using a M6 borrowed and I can say that I would like have the 1.600 euros to buy the body and save money to buy a 35mmm f/2,8. Amazing quality in the negative film, and easy to shoot pictures. The trigger is very silent. I know one guy that have many Leicas at home and he is not using anyone. I am praying to get one someday.

    • Nobody Special

      Perhaps you should offer to purchase one of them – in a tasteful way of course.

      A 35mm lens is an excellent lens for the M series – at least, that has always been one my favorites – either a Summicron or an Elmarit. If you are able to obtain one of the bodies, make sure they don’t need any going over, cleaning, etc. That can get rather pricey.

      • Banksie

        I own two M6 bodies (the ‘classic’ ones with the smaller shutter dial going in the original Leica direction, and not the TTL versions.) I use them constantly and every day. One of them goes with me everywhere. I use them more than I use my M9. The shutter dial goes the ‘wrong’ direction on the M9, and that’s sort of frustrating for me. Plus the ergonomics just aren’t the same with the M9 (it’s too fat and the motorized shutter advance is noisy.)

        A CLA on the M6 is not really any more expensive than other cameras. Use either Sherry Krauter (Golden Touch), Don Goldberg (DAG), or Steven Choi (Steve’s Camera Service Center.) All three are Leica authorized and each are very skilled.

        In 16+ years of constant use, only one of them needed repair (RF adjustment.) The other ‘repair’ was optional on my part (RF patch upgraded to the MP, and removal of the 75mm frame lines in one of the bodies.) Both bodies have the .72 finders.

        • Nobody Special

          It’s more of a precautionary ‘used purchase’ thought than the M’s needing CLA very often.

          I still want an M4, the last one I used was years ago and I remember it felt the ‘most’ like a Leica – similar to my still favorite SL/SL2 (& mot versions) the other M’s I’ve owned have always been reliable – except a rangefinder adjustment which I did myself.

          As to the ergonomics; the M5’s clustered dial/release/film shutter lever design is, or was a great design. The M5 was and still is my favorite M. I know many say it was ugly or too big, but the controls were the easiest to use of the M’s. Even the metering field was visible in the finder with the smaller frame – a great advantage for me. Too, intermediate speeds were designed into the speed control as on the SL/SL2 shutter.

          Either way, the control cluster should have been brought into the M6 and beyond – it was an absolute improvement – it’s an example where Leica listened too much to it’s ‘traditionalist’ M-base . That, and a ‘new’ finder, especially the ability to have an M with a finder for the w i d e lenses – maybe 35mm and under, with proper magnification adjustment, then make the danged eyepiece LARGER.

          The basic M is fine given it’s 1954 design, but really, the MP already is for the traditionalist so why not make it the design for the ‘traditional’ M digital and come out with a new form factor for those that aren’t afraid of getting our feet wet??? It’s the one constant that is Leica has never been done no matter who the owner.

          • Nobody Special

            Oh, I use DAG – have been for years – when I’ve needed to.

            Early on, I used to use Leica out east – especially for my SL/SL2’s.

  • A. Lurker

    Hahaha. Almost nobody here seems to get “Advertising”. All wrapped up in your little brand tribes…

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