Leica User Forum Book Raises £7500 for Cancer Research

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A big Blurb shout out to the International Leica User Forum (LUF), the world’s largest community dedicated to the subject of Leica cameras. They got together and created The Leica User Forum Charity Book 2010, a Blurb for Good fundraising book. So far, the book has raised more than £7500 for the Association for International Cancer Research (AICR).

Now that the book has qualified for the Blurb for Good charitable contributions program, Blurb will be contribute £1 to AICR per book sold in the Blurb for Good bookstore.

We caught up with Bill Palmer, author of the book and LUF member, to get the background on this great project.

Blurb: What was the genesis behind the book?

Bill: Nearly a year ago I floated the idea of a charity book project on LUF. The idea was simple – something that would showcase the talent of the photographers on the forum, whilst simultaneously raising money for a good cause. People were invited to submit up to three of their best images, with an “entry fee” of £10 per photo.

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Blurb: How did it go?

Bill: The response was overwhelming both in number and quality of images, with more than 600 photos submitted from contributors worldwide leading to a “first pass” total of money raised for the benefiting charity, the Association for International Cancer Research (AICR) of more than £7000.

Blurb: What did it take to put the book together?

Bill: It took weeks of hard work by a team of international volunteers to edit and select the hundreds of entries and winnow it down to a final 143 photographs. In total, the work of 101 photographers is showcased in the book. The book also includes two Forewords, one written by Norman Barrett, the Chief Executive of the AICR, and another by Rudolf Spiller, Chief Executive of Leica AG.

Blurb: Can you tell us about the equipment used to shoot the photographs?

Bill: Twenty-nine different cameras were used in the making of these images, from a 70+ year-old screw mount IIIa to the current flagship of the Leica M line, the M9. Although the majority of images – 57% – were shot with digital cameras, the rest were captured on film, showing that there is still a place for “old-tech” alongside the new. The cameras used were split exactly fifty/fifty between the two mediums, with some using the “hybrid” R9 and Digital Module-R combination. Over 60% of the images in the book are monochrome. Because of space limitations and the editing process, less than 25% of the images submitted made it into the final book, although the back cover mosaic shows every photo that was entered for consideration.

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Blurb: Besides the Blurb for Good bookstore, where else can people go to find out more about the book and AICR?

Bill: AICR is featuring the book on their website. Leica is doing the same and will feature the book on its websites worldwide and promote it on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and their Flickr pages. The book will also be sold from Leica Mayfair in London and from shops in the dealer network, including Red Dot Cameras.

Blurb: Congratulations, Bill, and cheers to all who made this fantastic book. We’re so pleased to have your book as one of our very first in the Blurb for Good charitable contributions program!

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