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julius motal dave keenan fair witness Parade, New York City, 2011

Parade, New York City, 2011

All images by Dave Keenan. Used with permission.

Dave Keenan’s re-entry into photography is a story of the natural order of things, rather than rediscovery. In his youth, he got to photograph on occasion with his grandfather’s Leica, which gave an early love for rangefinders. With his father, he built a darkroom where he often spent time developing and printing photos. His photography, however, fell by the wayside as he took up a career in computer engineering, and in the last ten years, he bought a Leica on a whim. His photographic passion, however muted, came back as he started a photo a week project, which gradually turned into his book FAIR WITNESS: Street Photography for the 21st century with the help of veteran photographers like Eli Reed and Elliott Erwitt.

Head on past the break for our interview with David Keenan, and check the Kickstarter campaign for FAIR WITNESS.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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All images by Jacob Lindell. Used with permission.

“The everyday ordinary… and everything else.” says photographer Jacob Lindell on what motivates him to take photos.

Jacob isn’t really sure how he got into street photography, but he does it every day. “I don’t know when it started but I remember having this feeling of wanting to document certain moments. It could be at a party, walking on the street or simply sitting on a bench and enjoying the sun and it would annoy the shit out of me if I didn’t have the means to do it.” says Mr Lindell. “So then I finally decided to bring my camera with me everywhere.”

Coining himself as a bit of a nomad, Jacob was born in Stockholm, Sweden then moved to Monaco, then Germany, then Canada, then Germany again, Sweden, Holland, Paris, New York, and is currently making a nest in London. His folks work in the advertising and design world, and so he was naturally exposed to creativity. “A huge part of that was documentation of ideas, projects, process, etc. as well as having the ability to do it yourself instead of relying on others. I guess this is what really got me started with photography. It was out of necessity.” says Jacob.

But Jacob’s work in NYC is what really fascinates us. He used to shoot with a D700 and a handful of primes, but then switched to his mother’s first camera: an Olympus OM-1. These days he totes around a Leica M6 TTL and 35mm Summicron.

Mr. Lindell believes that what differentiates New York and London so much is proximity. The design of the city stacks things on top of one another. It allows the atmosphere to create the small interactions that Jacob thinks usually go unnoticed.

More of his photos are after the jump.

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julius motal panasonic fz1000

At some point in the future, Panasonic will release the FZ1000 to the masses. It’s one of those nifty bridge cameras for those caught between a compact camera and full-fledged DSLR. The FZ1000 comes with 4K video, a 20.1MP 1″ sensor, and 16x optical zoom lens (25-400mm 35mm-equivalent) from Leica with an aperture range of f2.8-4. It also comes with built-in Wi-Fi and a minimum focusing distance of 3cm. With the latter in mind, we strongly suggest you use some sort of tripod. On the whole, the camera reminds us of Sony’s RX10, which sported similar specs save for 4K video. While the RX10′s lens had a shorter focal range of 24-200mm, it had a constant aperture of f2.8. The FZ1000 offers nearly twice as much in terms of focal range, and for video junkies, the 4K will work wonders, we’re sure.

Unfortunately, there isn’t any word of a release date or a price, and with similar cameras priced around $1,300, we can only guess at what the FZ1000 will be. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we have more information.

Tech specs are after the jump in a full list.

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Vertu Signature Touch

In the world of luxury items, the brand name on an item–and the price tag associated with it–have always been more important than the actual usefulness of said item. In the world of photography, it’s the same as in the world of exclusive leather bags. Leica has been busy providing the rich of this world with overpriced Panasonic knock-offs for quite a while already, and famed German optics manufacturer Zeiss has frequently had its name featured on cellphone cameras. Recently, Hasselblad as well jumped on the bandwagon of badging regular gear with an exclusive name.

But of course, Hasselblad is no ordinary brand name. While Zeiss has always been a brand that even those with a medium-sized wallet were able to afford, ‘Hassy’ has been continually striving to become a luxury brand for those with really deep pockets. Take, for example, the company’s ridiculous knock-offs of regular Sony cameras, clad in exlusive materials and sold for a multiple of the original price tag. Now Hasselblad has seen another niche of luxury items that can be used to milk the cash cow–luxury smartphones.

Just like Zeiss, Hasselblad is now lending its name to a smartphone manufacturer to make their products seem even more worthy of your money. But unlike Zeiss, who at least openly claim to have been involved with the design process of the camera’s optics, the phone camera in question is merely ‘Hasselblad-certified’–whatever that means. Certified to be expensive enough that Hasselblad can expect a major sum in royalties?

The device we’re talking about is nothing less than the latest smartphone from manufacturer Vertu, who has been making exclusive phones for quite a while now. Their latest creation, the ‘Signature Touch’, sports a huge 4.7″ screen covered by sapphire glass, runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, and comes with a personal concierge that you can call at any time to fulfill all your needs–as long as what you ask is legal. Of course, this much exclusivity comes at an equally exlusive price, with the the basic version of the Signature Touch starting at US-$ 11,300.

We’re certain that a major chunk of that price tag goes directly to Hasselblad, and another one to Bang & Olufsen whose name is being used to indicate that the device’s stereo speakers are of equally divine quality. As for the actual camera, little more is known than that it resolves 13 megapixel and has a 1/3″-type sensor–pretty much like any other smartphone camera. What exactly Hasselblad’s role in developing the camera was besides “image tuning” is unkown.

But we’re sure it’ll take much better photos than an iPhone. Of which, by the way, you can buy 17.4 of for the same kind of money. Plus you get Siri, which is the closest thing to a personal concierge us mere mortals can ever afford.

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Not too long ago, Leica introduced the Leica T camera system. But today, they’re letting their M users have something special. They’re announcing a 28mm f1.4 lens. Not much information has been announced on it yet, but with this lens Leica now has full Summilux options for most street photographers in the form of  21mm, 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, and 50mm offering. What more could one ask for?

We don’t have a lot of information about any of the products just yet but we received the tip from the L-Camera Forum.

Months ago, Leica Rumors reported that the lens profile was included in the new Leica M. It now seems real. The new lenses aren’t even listed on Leica US’s website yet.

Beyond this, we’ve been able to find out that there is an M Monochrom available with a silver finish, along with a brand new set. Being called the Leica M 100th edition, it will include a LEica M, Leica M Monochrom, and 28mm, 35mm and 50mm lens. You also get Kodak Tri-X in the package. Lastly, they also seem to have a brand new macro adapter meant to be used with the 90mm f4.

From a rough translation of the German press release, it stats,

“The Leica Macro-Adapter -M is mounted between the camera and the Leica Macro – Elmar -M 1:4 / 90 mm. Equipped with an integrated focusing mount it enables a summary extension of the lens 18-30 mm. This allows the magnification set variable. Together with the adapter , the Leica Macro – Elmar -M 1:4 / 90 mm also be used in recessed position for shooting distance to infinity. Thanks to new locking function can thus all distances of 41 cm (Figure 1:2 scale ) can be set to infinity without the adapter must be removed.”

We’ll update when we get more info.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica T first impressions images (15 of 15)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 4.0

Today, Leica is announcing a new chapter in their life: the Leica T. Leica’s new T camera is one that is aimed at the user that wants something that they call “simpler.” It isn’t aimed at the same audience that uses the S series and the M series. Instead, it’s for the enthusiast. As such, it comes with a plethora of options and accessories that one can use for the camera.

But we can say with full knowledge that this isn’t a camera for everyone–especially considering the price.

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