A PROTEST FOR LARRY CASUSE

Protestors for the shooting death of Navajo activist, Larry Casuse. Navajo tribal mambers wiith signs, Gallup, NM. March 1973

In early 1973 I photographed a march protesting the shooting death of a young Navajo activist, Larry Casuse. Casuse had abducted the Galllup, New Mexico mayor to protest his liquor sales to Navajos. On March 1, 1973, Larry Casuse, a nineteen year old Navajo student at the University of New Mexico, along with another young […]

PARIS AND THE MISSING AUTHOR

Stilt dancer performing at Shakespeare & Co. Paris France.

I was living in Paris when the Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore announced a visit by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the legendary beat generation publisher and owner of San Francisco’s City Lights Books.

LEICA VS PHONE

iPhone portrait rua Santa Catering Porto Portugal

The Leica M is my main street shooting camera. I can shoot while staying nearly invisible to my subjects. Nearly invisible, but not quite.  There are times when even the Leica can be too conspicuous from phone, especially when shooting very close, or around overly-sensitive subjects with control issues. When the Leica is too much […]

PARIS PRINTERS

Black and white photo printer Stéphane Cormier

I’m passionate about photography but less enthusiastic about post-production, either analog or digital. I have printed photographs, a lot actually. In my early days, between assignments, I made part of my income printing for magazines and other photographers. I also worked in the lab at Fawcett Magazines in New York. But making a living always […]

LEICA M10-D ALMOST ANALOG

Leica M10-D vs. Leica M6 compared

The LEICA M10-D Almost Analog Camera  It was initially hard for me to switch from film to digital. I had carried a Leica M6 film camera everywhere with me for so many years, the larger digital Leica cameras just didn’t feel right in my hand. I also didn’t like having a screen on my camera. […]

OVERCOMING FEAR OF STRANGERS

A woman pulls up her skirt to show the tattoos on her legs.

Strategies and exercises for photographing strangers in the street. The key to all people photography is access. A street photography skill you’ll need to master is how to approach subjects in different situations, in ways that let you keep shooting without losing access to the subject. Here are some strategies you can use. Full permission […]

NEGATIVE THOUGHTS

Crossroads at dusk with car, Indiana USA, NEGATIVE THOUGHTS,

A Negative Thinking Photo This photo got me thinking about negatives. I made the shot in Indiana when I was a teenager. We’d moved there from Alaska during my senior year of high school. It was dusk, and the negative is thin. I didn’t even notice the photo at the time. So the negative sat […]

WAITING FOR THE SHOT

ls prague hands gallery 800

Street shooting requires an instantaneous reaction to what you are seeing. It’s this need to react immediately to whatever is happening on the street, in the moment, that excites me the most when I’m shooting. I usually don’t wait for a picture to happen. I prefer to move into situations rather than stand still and […]

GOING MANUAL

Leica M6 film camera

See these lessons from the days of film photography that will make you a better digital shooter. I grew up shooting manual cameras. There was no Google back then and it took time and effort to get information about shooting skills. But the information was there. Experienced photographers taught us what they knew through books, […]

WORKING INSIDE

Street photographer, Marbella Spain

Shooting on the inside – Working your way in. One of the advantages of Leicas over bigger and noisier cameras is they let me work on the “inside” of situations. Working with wide angle lenses it’s possible for me to stand in the middle of, or very close to the situation I’m photographing without disturbing […]