Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/11/29

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Subject: Re: [Leica] The Character
From: Carl Socolow <>
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 18:48:18 -0500

Oddmund Garvik wrote:
> It is a simple and nice camera, an ideal tool for my kind of
> photography. I've ended up (?) with a M3 and M2 with a couple of lenses

> Now let's turn the page, and talk about photography, images, Leica, the
> world. That is what we are supposed to do here, isn't it?
> Oddmund

Bienvenue Oddmund,

I'm curious, because it's seldom discussed on the LUG, about different
individuals' working styles. You obviously direct your work towards the
humanistic and the socially relevant and so you must primarily
photograph people, I assume. When you do this do you work candidly, with
their approval, interactively? What sort of physical space do you
maintain? What lighting approaches? How intrusive or unobtrusive are
you? I'll also make an assumption that your ongoing use of Leicas works
with your technique and approach even though I know that you have used
other machines and you are not a dogmatic leicaphile. These questions,
by the way, are equally open to response by other LUG members relative
to their own working styles.

I should add that I used a quote of yours last year when speaking to a
group of high school students for a career day. I was there as the token
photographer. Your quote referenced the preparations necessary to become
a photographer and it was pretty much autobiographical in dealing with
your range of life experiences. I thought it insightful to a bunch of
kids who get caught up in form and lose sight of content.

Salutations distinguées,

Carl Socolow