Monday, June 20, 2016


The International Leica society has announced information about their annual meeting which will take place in Vancouver, Canada this year.  Here is what they write:

Join us for an unforgettable photographic experience in beautiful Vancouver. British Columbia. With its scenic views, mild climate, and friendly people, Vancouver is known around the world as both a popular tourist attraction and one of the best places to live. It is also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada with 52 percent of the population speaking a first language other than English. The city also offers many historical, architectural, and cultural photographic opportunities!

Featured speakers include, John Lehman, Anna Mia Davidson, Ashwin Rao, GrEGORy Simpson; not to mention several LHSA members, including, Bill Royce, Jim Lager, Bill Rosauer, Bradley Weeks, Tom Smith and others.

Click here to make hotel reservations.

Click here for program highlights*
*program is subject to change

If you are U. S. citizen or not from Canada, remember you will need a current passport to gain entry to the country. Please make sure your passport is up to date!

Fall Meeting Program!

Featured Speakers

John Lehmann is one of the top photojournalists in North America. He was, most recently, named Canadian photojournalist of the year in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Lehmann brings an array of talents to his work: the insatiable curiosity that marks all the best journalists; an artistry that sets his images apart from the billions of other pictures; a quiet intimacy and flair for inventiveness, which is what brings his work to life. Most of all, he is not simply a photographer, he is a visual journalist. And the principal that underpins everything is accuracy and honesty, both to the people he reports on and the readers to whom he reports.

His images have won a variety of prizes, including a National Newspaper Award for news feature photography in 2007. In 1998, he was named photographer of the year by the Canadian Press. Before The Globe and Mail, Lehmann worked in Canada for Reuters, the National Post, and the Canadian Press. Lehmann studied photojournalism at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, 1991. Lehmann lives in the Vancouver suburb of Steveston with his wife Winnie and their two children

  • Keynote Presentation (Saturday, October 8)
  • Fall LHSA Photo Contest Judging (Saturday, October 8)

Anna Mia Davidson is a professional photographer based in Seattle. She believes strongly in the power of images to influence, inspire, and impact the way we see the world. She has two published books, Cuba Black And White (Steidl) and Human Nature: Sustainable Farming in the Pacific Northwest (Minor Matters Books). Her work has been awarded several honors including an invitation by the State Department as a US Embassy Arts Envoy to Thailand, a commission by Aperture, three International Photo Awards, Grants from Artist Trust and Seattle Office of Arts and Culture,  and several others.

Anna Mia Davidson has exhibited her work at Howard Greenberg Gallery, in New York, Los Angeles, The Farmani Gallery, Seattle, Fototecca Gallery, Havana Cuba, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, and elswhere. She was commissioned as a "Character of America" photographer by Aperture and USA Television Network. She lives in Seattle, WA with her family.

  • The Long Term Photographic Book Project: A Deeper Perspective (Saturday, October 8)

Ashwin Rao is a physician who specializes in sports medicine at the University of Washington. A dedicated Leica enthusiast, his images are strongly influenced by his background in painting. Ashwin lives in Seattle, WA, USA.
"I began my photographic journey 7 years ago. At the time, I was completing my post-graduate training and was seeking a creative outlet. Prior to photography, I was an avid oil painter, enjoying the surrealist aesthetic. In particular, I found inspiration in the work of Rene Magritte, Mark Tansey, Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Chuck Close, and Joan Miro. As time became scarce and work became more intense, I began to seek a more rapid, yet satisfying outlet for my creative instincts.  I quickly found my way to rangefinders, where I could have incredible control over the photographic process in a way that other cameras couldn't offer me.  I enjoy seeing the world as a series of photos waiting to be composed, captured, and edited to bring about the emotion of the moment. It's my goal to create an emotional impact that melds properties of the photo with the viewer's own experiences."

  • An Evening with Ashwin Rao (Friday, October 8)

GrEGORY Simpson, Composer. Essayist. Photographer. Winning the trifecta of 21st Century valueless professions has enabled Mr. Simpson to pursue total artistic freedom - both the literal and figurative types. For the past eight years, he has written the ULTRAsomething blog. It's purportedly about photography, but that's merely an elaborate ruse meant to attract readers. In fact, it's a modern treatise on existentialism. Often philosophical, occasionally nihilistic, intermittently obtuse but always tongue-in-cheek, ULTRAsomething might just be the least-popular semi-popular photography blog on the internet.

  • Photography as Footware - The Next Frontier (Saturday, October 8)
  • Photo walk (TBA)

For a complete listing of speakers, click here.

There is plenty more to see and do!

PHOTO WALKS - Thursday and Friday
Morning photo walking tours are always a popular event. This year, the photo walks take place in the downtown area of Vancouver. Watch for more information at

PRIVATE BUS TOUR OF VANCOUVER (Spouses & Members: extra cost: pre-registration required) - Friday
Join us for an unforgettable private tour of Vancouver! With its scenic views, mild climate, and friendly people, Vancouver is known around the world as both a popular tourist attraction and one of the best places to live. This three-hour tour will take you through Gastown, Chinatown, Vancouver Harbor, the Olympic Cauldron, Stanley Park (including scenic stops at the Totem Poles and Prospect Point) and English Bay.  Pickup is at 9:00 AM in front of the Vancouver Hyatt. Seating is limited! Register today.

Lightroom expert and LHSA Member, Bill Royce will take you through a series of processes designed to optimize your workflow and make it more efficient. Topics of discussion include

Join Bradley Weeks in this practical and interesting session on the use and behavior of filters. In the digital age where more and more photographers rely on post production manipulation, Bradley will demonstrate how using filters creates the best images at the moment of capture.

Photographer Anna Mia Davidson will show work from her two books Cuba Black And White (Steidl) and Human Nature:Sustainable Farming in the Pacific Northwest (Minor Matters Books) and will discuss her personal process of working on long term book projects from start to the final product. She will also discuss the element of writing as a photographer as much of the writing in both of her books is her own prose. Come ready to be inspired to take on a long term photographic project of your own or to take your current long term project to the next level.


TRADE FAIR - Saturday
The annual Trade Fare will be held on Saturday morning. Here's your chance to present or sell your wares! This is always an interesting event, full of all things Leica - new and old! Interested exhibitors can register online.

GrEGORy Simpson will read several essays from the ULTRAsomething blog, answer questions, and willingly discuss any topics normally avoided by photographers who actually have something to lose. Through the miracle of osmosis, participants will gain valuable insight into using one of their most important, yet oft-overlooked photographic tools - the cerebral cortex.  With "10" being defined as "motivational and wildly entertaining," and "1" being "awkward and downright tedious," Photography Footwear promises to be a solid "3."

John Lehmann, 2016 photo contest judge, will review several of the images submitted for the contest and comment on their strengths and weaknesses. Winners will be revealed during the Saturday evening reception.



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