Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2010/01/20

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Subject: [Leica] Russian Pres and S2
From: at (Douglas Sharp)
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 12:37:54 +0100
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Some people seem to think that the former Soviet Union is a poor and 
backward nation - far from it, the number of the rich, million- and 
billionaires is growing fast. Luxury and up-market products are really 
big busines there too - Rolex, Chanel, all the big fashion houses, 
European luxury mail order catalogues, Audi, Mercedes and many others.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if Putin hasn't got a Leica or two tucked 
away somewhere too.

And I'm glad to see that Leica have begun to recognise big potential 
markets and put the S2 in the hands of people who are better known than 
most photographers. (Russia, China and the Gulf States/Emirates are top 
of the list).

Public awareness is not generated by showing people like Salgado with a 
Leica - 99% of the world would say ?Who dat??

I think we'll soon be seeing more Leicas in the public eye.

BTW: Seal (the singer - and a good one too) has been closely involved 
with Leica for several years and flies the flag for them at almost every 
opportunity. He's a damn good photographer, has quite a Leica collection 
and is what the Germans call a "Sympathietr?ger" (role model, 
ambassador, figurehead, popular figure - none of which are quite right, 
but some words just refuse to be translated).


On 19.01.2010 21:44, Mark Rabiner wrote:
>> Just because he's pres he gets to shoot with an S2??
>> 734&aid=-1&id=1715283872
> I'm GLAD to see the pres of Russia shooting with a Leica S2 in the falling
> snow and interested to see on the lug 4 or 5 real dumb to unintelligible
> things said about it.
> [Rabs]
> Mark William Rabiner
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