“In 1949 my grandfather was stationed in Morioka, Japan as part of the Occupation. He took his new Leica IIIc and Summitar and shot Kodachrome. I am eternally grateful that he shot Kodachrome. I am halfway through scanning the 44 slides he had in one of his slide trays of his time in Japan.”
The photos of Mr. Coale’s grandfather can bee seen here:
This video from 2009 gives a brief insight into the Leica M7 production:
This photo of Comandante ‘Che’ Guevara is one of the best known photographs ever. It is an icon, like a 20th century Mona Lisa. It has been used and abused. It is a symbol for freedom, liberty and anti-establishment.
The photo was taken by Alberto Korda, Fidel Castro’s personal photographer, on March 5, 1960, during a mass funeral at Havana’s Colón cemetery. Mr. Korda used a Leica M2 with an Elmar 90mm f/4 lens.
On one hand it seems as if Che Guevara is looking enigmatically into to the empty, lightyears away from reality. On the other hand you can clearly see that Che Guevara is a fighter and heroe, you can almost feel his tension and defiance through this photo. I think that this mixture is the strong point of this photo: it leaves room for so many interpretations about what was going on in Che Guevara’s mind at this moment.