Joel Meyerowitz: My Life with Leica (part 2)

Second part of the interview that Leica Akademie Italy has made with Joel Meyerowitz in Milan, in which the American master talks about the Leica M, a camera that has been his tool of choice for street photography in the '60 and '70, and that today is his companion for daily shooting.

You can watch the first video here.

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  • sperdynamite

    God I’ve never seen a contemporary artist sell out so hard it’s vomit inducing. I’ve lost all respect for Mr. Meyerowitz. It’s really just too pathetic to watch.

    • vulkanitwit

      Maybe he’s just reading Leica’s script, so he can keep his $4500/mo. studio flat in NY. Photographers rarely make any money to speak of unless their subject matter is sports heros, commercial boilerplate or celebrity fluff. I’ll cut him a lot of slack; his past work is unique and gorgeous. I wouldn’t mind giving up some $ now to produce a body of work like his.

      • Richard

        Yes. I’ll cut him some slack too, but Leica could certainly do better in their marketing. This is embarrassing. And, Joel, I hope you made a few bucks from this effort. You deserve it. You make it sound like it’s great to work with 50-year old technology again.

        • vulkanitwit

          Well, there’s some who really can’t do their job without something like a DSLR. Good on them. But if Leica fails it’s because it doesn’t fit in to one’s workflow or desires; there is nothing inherently “fail” about 50-year old technology-lenses are a bit older than that. Oh, there is the Leica pricetag. I have no solution for that. ūüôĀ

    • Simon

      That’s perhaps a bit harsh. I’d never heard of Joel before but he seems like a nice enough guy.

      I did cringe when he said he didn’t need film any more because the new M does everything. Film and digital both have their own characteristics, strengths and weaknesses.

  • Simon

    The pretentious jazz music is a major turn off!

    • Mike Kawasaki

      I think silly and pretentious comments listed below are more of a turn off.

      • Simon

        Five people (so far) agree with me. It’s just my opinion anyway. I respect yours too.

        The music was unnecessary and detracts from what I wanted to hear which is Joel speaking.

    • Schluet

      People that blindly link Jazz with being pretentious are a major turnoff.

      • Simon

        6-0 like rating…

        I don’t blindly link Jazz with being pretentious thank you. I did so in this instance with eyes and (unfortunately) ears wide open!

  • Curly

    Note the stunt-girl on the left at 2:07.

  • Say What?

    Leica needs a new and young marketing department. Old man cameras with old man music. Boo.

    • Mardock

      Young people can’t afford to buy a new Leica.

      • Jakob

        I’m 28 – not sure if that count’s as young in your book. I own a Leica M, 50mm Summicron and 28mm Elmarit. I’m not rich, I saved for it. I’m not a pro photographer, nor will I ever be. I just love photography, so that is what I chose to spend on. I don’t have a car, I ride a bicycle or use public transportation.

        I agree that Leica marketing to need a bit of new blood, but age has nothing to do with owning a Leica – priorities do.

    • Simon

      Yeah, that’s pretty much their target market.

  • I love that music! Meyerowitz is not my favourite photographer by any means, but I do like listening to him talk. I have heard him talk elsewhere and he’s no different here, whether or not he’s being paid by Leica. It’s who he is and he certainly says it like he sees it.

    I don’t agree with him about film, either, but what he uses is his choice and he’s happy with it.

  • obcn

    How much they paid that guy? They must have stuffed him.

  • Mike Kawasaki

    Lots of comments are quite uncivil and derogatory, and aimed to a man who went out in the streets of New York, to start a life’s experiment more than 50 years ago!

    He did use Leica M most of his life, as did 100s of world famous photographers. So what?

    Now, he is asked to say a few words about it at the very end of his rich career (he is 70+ yo), and that he shall not say a word about a tool he used EVERY day during the most of his life, and rather shut up?

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