Not one, not two, but 86 co-authors contributed to the Leica Users Group 2006 Yearbook – so this week we’re extending congratulations times 86 for our newest Book of the Week. Each spread of the 186-page book features a different photographer’s work using a Leica camera, to elegant effect.
To all you avid photographers out there, Leica cameras need no introduction – they’re fetish objects worshipped for their compact, streamlined design and precision lenses. Those with a taste for the finer things in life might hanker after an original manual 1956 Leica MP, which these days might run you about €94,000 (if you could even find a Leica user willing to part with such a gem). Vintage camera lovers should check out the yearbook Book Preview, and get a load of those vintage Leicas on page 9 … just try not to drool on your keypad.
As explained in the introduction by Brian Reid, “Saloon Keeper” of the Leica Users Group (LUG), Leica recently got a new lease on photographic life when they started producing digital cameras with classic analog styling and professional functionality. Keeping pace with these technical developments and creative possibilities, LUG hosts technical discussions and monthly contests to keep 1000 Leica photographers around the world in the know, and on their toes.
To the 86 photographers who contributed to this book, let me just say: wow. And to the other 914+ LUG members (you know who you are) – can’t wait to see you strut your photographic stuff in the next LUG book.