Photographers

Arthur Fellig “Weegee” portrait, USA 1940s

Arthur Fellig “Weegee” portrait, USA 1940s

Arthur Fellig earned his nickname “Weegee”, a phonetic rendering of Ouija, because of his frequent arrivals at scenes only minutes after crimes, fires or other emergencies were reported to authorities.

Marc Riboud with his Leica M4 by Mademoiselle Yvette Troispoux, Paris, France 1980

Marc Riboud with his Leica M4 by Mademoiselle...

In this photograph a cable, a note and a partial view of a face in the left background become the hallmarks of a nonchalance, unconsciously befitting her motif. Riboud, who published an extensive book on China the same year, declared two decades later: “I am not a fan of posed pictures.

Karuizawa by Marc Riboud, Nagano, Japan 1958

Karuizawa by Marc Riboud, Nagano, Japan 1958

Using his trusty Leica camera, Marc Riboud photographed these committed amateur photographers in deep concentration, one eye squeezed shut, the other gazing through the camera – which might be an Asahi Pentax, a Canon, Nikon, Elegaflex, Robot or Contax – at a subject which has obviously caught their attention.

Henri Cartier-Bresson with Leica M3 by Ara Güler, 1964

Henri Cartier-Bresson with Leica M3 by Ara...

Ara Güler was named the “Master of Leica” in 1962, he shot this photograph of his friend Cartier-Bresson – as unexceptional as it is symbolic – two years later, using a M3 Chrome: “This portrait speaks volumes. I took it unexpectedly, just when his eye was distracted by a subject he was interested in shooting himself.

Mehmed Fehmy Agha with Leica, 1950

Mehmed Fehmy Agha with Leica, 1950

This photographic portrait depicts Agha with Leica IIIf with Elmar 1:3,5/5cm lens and an SBOOI 5cm viewfinder. Agha’s wristwatch also stands out. The reflection of the negative offers the viewer the possibility to determine the exact time of day this photograph was taken.

Henri Cartier-Bresson with Canon by Kryn Taconis, Paris 1953

Henri Cartier-Bresson with Canon by Kryn...

This photograph was taken way back in 1953 in Paris, France by Kryn Taconis. It shows Henri Cartier-Bresson in profile, looking through the viewfinder of a Canon copy of pre-WWII Leica.

Henri Cartier-Bresson by Sam Tata, 1949

Henri Cartier-Bresson by Sam Tata, 1949

This photograph was taken in 1949 by Sam Tata. The photo shows Henri Cartier-Bresson seated, a determined hand on his Leica (IIIc with Summitar 2/5cm). The dark background and gentle light from the side particularly bring out Cartier-Bresson’s face, his shirt and tie and of course the camera.