Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/09/25

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Subject: [Leica] Leica donation to students
From: leicagalpal at (Kit McChesney)
Date: Sat Sep 25 22:24:21 2004


I think part of the impetus for this putative effort was the idea that Leica
might be well-served by having a presence in the educational
market/community/ivory tower, and that possibly putting used Ms or
L-whatevers there might help. Gosh, there's no restriction against giving
any kind of camera to a photog who needs it! I think the idea was 'how can
Leica heighten its visibility' and 'how can we turn some new young
photographers on to Leica cameras?' It could be a losing battle if digital
is all they're interested in fiddling with these days. I'm beginning to feel
very old, now that folks are saying that wet darkrooms are becoming a thing
of the past. I know my son's middle/high school has a wet darkroom, and the
university has one, but maybe those are just remnants of the olden days,
lingering on here in the frontier? ;-) I mean, for a place that can't serve
fresh fish because we're so far from the coast by horse and buggy .... 

I even thought that a trade-up program to get the older cameras in, and then
a cool, hip, retro ad campaign to get the whippersnappers interested and
into Leicaland at a cut-rate cost would have been a neat concept. Maybe I'm
just wishfully thinking. Dunno. I can imagine all sorts of great things in
me noggin, but maybe they don't pan out in 3-D. I confess I do get carried
away with my own visions. 

Your precioussssssssssssssssssss? Gollum, gollum. ;-)


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Karen Nakamura
Sent: Saturday, September 25, 2004 8:09 PM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica donation to students

>I gave an M6 to a young photo student who without question had what
>to be incredible photographic talent!

Ted -

You'll noticed that I specfically put a Ted-clause somewhere in one 
my  earlier diatribes! :-)

Giving back is great! I give old Nikons and Canons to my photo 
students, but my preciiiiiooooouisssss... I mean my Leicas?  That's 
when I go into a lecture that it's the photographer, not the camera. 

No seriously, other than Ted, who could donate more than one?  We 
might at best get 3-5 cameras out of this. Not hundreds, not 
thousands, and certainly not enough to occupy anyone half-time. If we 
made it a general camera donation place, it'd be a great idea!  But 
Leicas only?...


Karen Nakamura
Leica Users Group.
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