Saturday, August 16, 2014



Speculations are all over the place about what Leica might be showing at the upcoming Photokina in Cologne.  As I mentioned in the past, I do not want to participate in that, I rather deal with facts.

Two years ago, Leica Camera AG set new standards with their appearance at Photokina, not just with new products, but especially with photographs. This year too Leica will present a diverse calendar of events.

The concept of this year's exhibition of the Leica Gallery in Hall 1 places a focus on impressive photo art based the theme of music. It takes into account all facets of photography of concert recordings from very personal portraits of artists to behind-the-scenes photographs. In addition there will also be projects by musicians for which photography has become a second passion.

For the first day there will also be an interview with this year's winners of the Leica Hall of Fame Award  Thomas Hoepker and Michael Koetzle at 3 pm.  Thomas Hoepker is represented at the Leica Gallery with his retrospective "Wanderlust".

Portugal 1964 "Two Boys with Bycicle and Donkey in the Rain"
©Thomas Hoepker

On September 17 at 11 am, there will be the lecture " Von Paradiesen und Apokalypsen" (Of Paradise and Apocalypse) by Austrian photographer Lois Hechenblaikner.   Then, in the afternoon at 3 pm the world premiere of "The Haight: Love Rock and Revolution" will be celebrated. 

Amelia Davis will provide media representatives with a new book about the late Grammy Trustee Award winner and music photographer Jim Marshall, who is represented with three exhibitions at the Leica Gallery.  Jim Marshall has left powerful portraits of great musicians of his time, including images of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Donovan and the Beatles.

On September 19 at 5 pm Thomas Wiegold offers the lecture " Aus dem Leben von Anja Niedringhaus" (Of the Life of Anja Niedringhaus).  In this presentation he will talk about the lives of the multi-award-winning photojournalist which he has known personally.

Gerd Ludwig, winner of the Dr. Erich Salomon prize of the German Photographic Society, will follow with his presentation on September 20 at 1 pm.  York Hovest will finish the  Leica at Photokina 2014 event program on September 21 at 2 pm with his lecture "Hundert Tage Tibet" (One Hundred Days in Tibet).

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