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Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author


“Our autobiography is written in our contact sheets,  and our opinion of the world in our selects”  

"Never ever confuse sharp with good, or you will end up shaving with an ice cream cone and licking a razor blade."  


Bill Pierce is one of the most successful Leica photographers and authors ever. I initially "met" Bill in the wonderful 1973 15th edition Leica Manual (the one with the M5 on the cover). I kept reading and re-reading his four chapters, continually amazed at his knoweldge and ability, thinking "if I only knew a small part of what this guy knows... wow."  I looked foward to his monthly columns in Camera 35 and devoured them like a starving man.  Bill has worked as a photojournalist  for 25 years, keyword: WORK.  Many photogs dream of the professional photographer's  life that Bill has earned and enjoyed.  Probably Bill's most famous pic is Nixon departing the White House for the last time, victory signs still waving. 


Bill  has been published in many major magazines, including  Time, Life, Newsweek, U.S. News, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, New York Magazine, Stern, L'Express and Paris Match.  :His published books include  The Leica Manual,  War Torn, Survivors and Victims in the Late 20th Century, Homeless in America,  Human Rights in China,  Children of War.  Add to that numerous exhibitions at major galleries and museums.  Magazine contributions include  Popular Photography,  Camera 35, Leica Manual,  Photo District News, the Encyclopedia of Brittanica, the Digital Journalist, and now RFF.  Major awards include Leica Medal of Excellence, Overseas Press Club's Oliver Rebbot Award for Best Photojournalism from Abroad,  and the World Press Photo's Budapest Award. Perhaps an ever bigger award is Tom Abrahamsson's comment: "If you want to know Rodinal, ask Bill."


I met Bill in person through our mutual friend Tom Abrahamsson.  In person his insight and comments are every bit as interesting and engaging as his writing.  He is a great guy who really KNOWS photography.  I am happy to say he has generously agreed to host this forum at RFF  From time to time Bill will bring up topics, but you are also invited to ask questions.  Sit down and enjoy the ride!


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The BDC and the NYT
Old 09-25-2016   #1
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The BDC and the NYT

I've mentioned Mike Kamber and the Bronx Documentary Center before. Here's an article from the New York Times that may interest many of you.

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Unfortunately The Times can only be accessed by subscription after a certain number of articles in a month (and apparently I've hit links to that many articles already).
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The BDC is the best thing happening in photography in NYC and one of the only things happening in photography in NYC that interests me.

@Dogman: when you hit your max articles per month you can switch to another browser.
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Thanks, Pablito. I gave it a try and it works.
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The Times' Lens blog had previously run a piece on the Jerome Avenue project, so I was glad to see they've put it into a book (ordered a copy).

Folks in the Seattle area who would like to see more of Eugene Richards' work should check out the exhibit up at Photographic Center NW at 12th & Marion - a combo of his "Stepping Through the Ashes" and "War Is Personal" projects. There through mid-November, and it's free.
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Bill, Thank you for bringing this to my (our) attention as it had slipped by my radar.
Oh and Dogman I have my computer preferences set to clear all cookies and history at the end of each session. That seems to do the trick with NYT.
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