Outstanding photography and a generous spirit meet in our latest Book of the Week. The Leica User Forum Book 2012. This book is a beautifully presented charity project from the L-Camera Forum, the world’s largest community of Leica camera devotees with over 9,000 active members from around the globe.
This is the Forum’s second fundraising project. Their first book, produced through Blurb in 2010, raised more than £12,500 (that’s €15,000 or $19,500 in USD) for the Association for International Cancer Research and helped support 50 projects across 15 countries in 2010 and 2011. Even Leica itself got into the spirit, raising €3,000 on their own for AICR through a company-sponsored Twitter campaign.
For this year’s book, a panel of judges selected 100 member-contributed images from a pool of nearly 300. The chosen photos make up a marvelous cross-section of Leica photography: portraits, landscapes, candids, and street shots captured with 23 different cameras. Leica’s flagship M9 digital rangefinder is the most represented piece of equipment, but there are also shots from the venerable M3 and M6 film cameras, C-Lux and D-Lux compacts, and many other models (cameras and lenses used are all carefully noted in the book).