Leica Prototype sets the Most Expensive camera record.

Leica Prototype sets the Most Expensive camera record.

Leica prototype sets new world record: Leica 0-series no.105 sold for € 14.4 million

The serial production of the Leitz Camera, or Leica for short, the world’s first 35mm camera, is considered a milestone of modern photography. Before the first cameras were available in the mid-1920s, Ernst Leitz produced around 23 models of the prototype 0 series in 1923 and 1924. One of these rare cameras – the 0-series no. 105 – has now been sold at the 40th Leitz Photographica Auction for a price of € 14.4 million including buyers premium. The 105 has thus broken the world record for the most expensive camera of all times.
The Leitz Photographica Auction, which takes place twice a year, is considered to be the world’s largest and most renowned auction for vintage cameras and other optical equipment. To commemorate the auction house’s 20th anniversary and the 40th rendition of the auction, a truly exceptional exhibit was up for auction on 11th June at Leitz-Park in Wetzlar (Germany): The Leica 0 series no.105. This nearly 100-year-old camera is one of the world’s first 35 mm cameras ever made and has a prominent previous owner. Number 105 belonged to Oskar Barnack, who had designed the “Liliput camera” shortly before the First World War. It was the prototype of the Leica and thus also the prototype of the 35 mm camera per se. Barnack captured numerous motifs from his family life with the 0 series No.105. He used the experience he gained in the process in the further development of the camera and its subsequent models. Barnack’s name is engraved on the top of the viewfinder of no.105.0-series claims yet another world record The historical significance of the camera and its direct connection to Barnack were reflected in its pre-determined estimate of 2,000,000 to 3,000,000 euros. “To put these numbers into perspective: The most expensive camera in the world to date – also a 0-series, serial number 122 – was sold at the 32nd Leitz Photographica Auction in 2018 for 2.4 million euros including buyers premium,1 ” said Alexander Sedlak, Managing Director of Leica Camera Classics, an Austrian subsidiary of Leica Camera AG. Leitz Photographica Auction operates under the umbrella of Leica Camera Classics. “We are fully specialised in historical cameras and accessories. It was therefore a special pleasure for us to be able to auction Oskar Barnack’s personal camera, a prototype of the camera generation that laid the foundation for modern photography in the mid-1920s, as part of our anniversary auction,” said Sedlak. The intangible value – the historical significance – of 0 series no.105 goes far beyond the sum of € 14.4 million for which this camera was ultimately sold. Nevertheless, the world record sum proves the continuous trend of the last few years: “The prices are rising – the interest in vintage cameras is greater than ever before.

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ABANDONED MOMENTS A Love Letter to Photography 

Photographs by Ed Kashi 

Texts by Ed Kashi and Alison Nordström

Perhaps most importantly, this book demonstrates an innovative and nuanced form for autobiography from someone whose entire working life has been predicated on his own invisibility. By offering the story of his life in this way, this thoughtful man has risen above some of the restrictions his chosen career has imposed.”—Alison Nordström

For forty years, celebrated photojournalist Ed Kashi has delivered the world’s stories through images that both imply, as well as directly show, humanistic challenges and joys. Abandoned Moments: A Love Letter to Photography (Kehrer Verlag, March 2022) is a window into Kashi’s unique voice and craft, and presents glimpses of ordinary life, as well as extraordinary events, struggles, and triumphs. A tenet of journalism is to remove one’s own voice, as much as is possible, from the narrative. But a photographer’s impulses are also inextricably linked to and driven by who they are. This cues how they see, what they notice, and how they compose. The book’s publisher notes,

“When geometry, mood, and possibility unite to unintentionally create something new, the magical and fictional qualities of still photography capture the unplanned essence of existence. In contrast to his journalistic approach of deep personal connection and keen observation, this work is about capturing the untamed energy of a moment with abandon.”In the essay she contributed for this book, “On Recollection,” photography scholar and curator Alison Nordström reflects on this intersection between the intentional and unplanned elements within Kashi’s work. By returning to his archive, long after the images have lost their primary relevance and immediate use, he re-inserts his voice, heart, and intellect into a world of pictures from which he had once intentionally concealed his presence.”

In Nordström’s consideration of how the book is structured and curated, she points out that in part this book is a reflection of the place Kashi is at in his career. “Recalled, reconsidered, and recontextualized, these images serve as a point of departure for the photographer’s retrospective meditations on his work.”

Kashi shares that this book is a 40-year “labor of love.” He speaks to the evolution of his style and methodology, revealing that, “Over time, I developed a more personal approach, one that is instinctive and without premeditation. I often shoot from the hip. Sometimes it is simply a matter of letting my camera absorb light in hopes that the intensity and immediacy of life-simply-being-lived has been devoured in all its fullness. It is precisely the uncontrolled circumstances sparking these images that gives them their vitality and surprise.”The images selected span the decades of his work and were taken around the world. Kashi speaks to the ‘abandoned moment’ theme cued by the title, stating that, “Abandoned moments demonstrate a different kind of precision. They are shaped by serendipity and instinct, rather than objectivity and intellect. They are free to be less controlled but for that very reason they may be more certain and more certainly true…”

 

About the Photographer and Author

Ed Kashi is a renowned photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker, and educator who has been making images and telling stories for 40 years. As a member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition. Along with numerous awards from World Press Photo, POYi, CommArts and American Photography, Kashi’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide. His editorial assignments and personal projects have generated nine books. Kashi in partnership with his wife, writer and filmmaker Julie Winokur, founded Talking Eyes Media. The non-profit company has produced numerous award-winning short films, exhibits, books, and multimedia pieces that explore significant social issues.  

Alison Nordström is an independent scholar, specializing in photographs of all kinds. She is known for her writing, speaking, and curating and for the administration of photographic projects both in the US and internationally. Her long career in the field includes positions as Founding Director and Senior Curator of the Southeast Museum of Photography (FL), and Senior Curator of Photographs, Director of Exhibitions at George Eastman House (NY). In 2011, Nordström received the Focus Award for Lifetime Achievement in Photography from the Griffin Museum in Boston and the Apple Valley Foundation Award for Curatorial Excellence. She is currently a Research Associate in Photography at Harvard University.

Book Specifications:                                                               

 ISBN: 3969000440                                          Hardcover           
42 color and 26 b/w illustrations       12 x 0.5 x 9.75 inches
Price: $58 US, €45.00, £40

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Stories seeks to discover, promote and amplify the important work being made by Australian photographers.

Stories is an annual award for photographic storytellers operated by Photo Collective. We are calling for series work and photo-essays exploring traditional, artful and new modes of storytelling which reflect our current times. While this award is open to anybody residing in Australia or Australians living abroad, the themes of the work do not need to be Australian focussed. 

Stories is sponsored by Nikon Australia and Momento Pro.

We celebrate diversity. As such, in 2021 we will be seeking to reward three diverse visual narratives. All three recipients will receive a A$3,000 cash prize, a Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera kit with a NIKKOR Z 24 – 70mm f/4S lens (valued at A$4,000), and a A$250 Momento Pro voucher to go towards the production of a beautiful photobook. The three Stories will also receive a headline feature in the

The People’s Choice recipient will receive A$500 and will also feature in the Stories Journal, our online galleries, and social media platforms. Alongside these four Stories, we will also be including the top 27 shortlisted submissions in the Stories Journal. Throughout the year we will continue to share, promote and feature shortlisted Stories through our website, social media network, digital database, and blog. We are committed to providing a platform for artists to not only gain recognition through the awards process but to also be showcased through in-depth features and photographer profiles. The 2021 Stories judging committee is comprised of Australian photographic artist Kate Disher-Quill and Mags King, managing photo editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. The internal committee is made up of Photo Collective Creative Director Tom Goldner and Harriet Tarbuck alongside Content Editor Angus Scott.

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FAUXLIAGE By Annette LeMay Burke 

Foreword by Ann M. Jastrab 
Disguised Cell Phone Towers of the American West.

 

 

In Fauxliage, Annette LeMay Burke artfully documents the proliferation of disguised cell phone towers in the American West. By attempting to conceal an unsightly yet essential technology in our modern world, the landscape is now populated by a quirky mosaic of masquerading palms, evergreens, flagpoles, crosses, and cacti. Technology is modifying our environment with idiosyncratic results. The often-whimsical tower disguises belie the equipment’s covert ability to collect valuable personal data. The book includes a foreword by Ann M. Jastrab, Executive Director, Center for Photographic Art (CPA) in Carmel, CA. Annette LeMay Burke is a photographic artist and Northern California native who lives in the heart of Silicon Valley. 

Publication Date: May 2021
10 x 10 | 112 pp
60 color photographs
Paper over Board 
US $45.00 | CAN $58.99  

Daylight is a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography books. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large. For more information, visit www.daylightbooks.org.

 

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JEANINE MICHNA-BALES: STANDING TOGETHER

“The gods of government help those who help themselves: Therefore, women and sisters, and one day fellow voters, let us help ourselves. Say to the rulers of this nation: You deal negligently with the interests of women at your peril. As you have sowed so shall ye reap. We, as women, refuse to uphold that party that has betrayed us. We refuse to uphold any party until all women are free.—Inez Milholland, from the Suffragist 4, no. 42 (October 14, 1916), pp. 8-9)

In 1916, Inez Milholland Boissevain (1886–1916) embarked on a grueling campaign across the Western United States on behalf of the National Woman’s Party appealing for women’s suffrage ahead of the 1916 presidential election. Standing Together, by fine artist Jeanine Michna-Bales (born 1971), retraces Milholland’s journey. The 30-year-old suffragist delivered some 50 speeches to standing-room-only crowds in eight states in 21 days: Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Utah, Nevada and California. She battled chronic illness and lack of sleep during her travels and died a month after her last speech in Los Angeles, where her final public words were, “Mr. President, how long must this go on, no liberty?”

Through her photographs, combining dramatic landscapes and historical reenactments of important vignettes of Milholland on her journey with archival materials, Michna-Bales captures a glimpse of a remarkable chapter in the monumental effort required to pass the 19th Amendment. Standing Together includes an itinerary of Inez Milholland’s Western Campaign and a timeline of Suffrage in the United States spanning 1776 to 2020. 

Driven by her belief that women were equal to men, Inez Milholland challenged traditional gender norms in the early 1900s by becoming a lawyer, activist, war correspondent, suffragist and orator. She wrote speeches, letters, plays, and articles arguing that women were worthy of the right to vote. When she saw an injustice, she threw herself full-force into fixing it. From labor laws and prison reform to war and women’s rights, she fought tirelessly to dispel the stereotypes about women she kept butting up against, and each rejection only fueled her determination more. She was turned away by three Ivy League law schools and denied access to the front lines as a war correspondent due to her gender. Graduating with a law degree from New York University in 1912, she later practiced law despite the fact that it was a male-dominated profession.

 

After a whirlwind courtship in which Inez proposed to Dutchman Eugen Jan Boissevain, the couple married and enjoyed a partnership based on equality and mutual admiration for each other. The book includes excerpts from Inez’s letters to her husband while on the campaign. His support provided her with the psychological fuel she needed to keep going on her arduous journey which often involved overnight travel across the vast territory of the American West. Inez would arrive at each stop exhausted and sleep deprived, but the rapt crowds that awaited her lifted her up as she made her impassioned case for suffrage.

 

The incredible story behind Standing Together, tying the past to the present, is outlined in an essay by Michna-Bales and an introduction by Linda J. Lumsden, noted historian of women’s rights and the author of INEZ: The Life and Times of Inez Milholland (Indiana University Press, 2004) and Rampant Women: Suffragists and the Right of Assembly (University of Tennessee Press, 1996) sets the foundation for the visual essay.

 

 

 

 

 

Bound for Medford, Oregon, 2020

About the Artist:

Jeanine Michna-Bales is a fine artist working in the medium of photography. Her work explores our fundamentally important relationships – to the land, to other people and to oneself – and how they impact contemporary society. Her work lives at the intersection of curiosity and knowledge, documentary and fine art, past and present, anthropology and sociology, and environmentalism and activism. Her practice is based on in-depth research – taking into account different viewpoints, causes and effects, political climates – and she often incorporates primary source material into her projects.  Michna-Bales’s latest photographic essay on the American Suffrage Movement, Standing Together, was featured in the July/August 2020 summer issue of Smithsonian Magazine and the Arts section of The New York Times. It will be released as a comprehensive publication from MW Editions in May 2021 and a traveling exhibition will launch in the Fall of 2021. For more information, go here.

 

 

 

 

 

Inez Milholland wearing “The Star of Hope” for the 1911 suffrage parade in New York City.

Automobile Caravan from the Train Station, Reno, Nevada, 2019

Ready for Battle, 2019

Exhibition Schedule

Accompanying exhibitions are scheduled to open at the PDNB Gallery in Dallas, Texas in September 2021, and the Arnika Dawkins Photographic Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia in October 2021. More details coming soon. 

Book Details: 

MW Editions
Hardcover, 8 x 10 in (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
216 pages
ISBN: 9780998701899
May 2021
$45.00

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Guest Blog: DASHA ARTS

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The International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2019

 THE 5th INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2018 Professional and amateur photographers worldwide were invited to enter the fifth International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition for a chance to share in the prize pool, including US$10,000...

Open Walls Arles

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