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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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Old 03-03-2019   #41
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Pretty nice photographs can be made with a cell phone.

Bigger isn’t necessarily better. I look in the mirror and think, “I need to go on a diet.” Just like my cameras! Smaller is the place to be.

I disagree. Smaller is not always the place to be.



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Hi Pioneer!

Nice to read your thoughts here.

I’ve got apples. Did you bring the oranges? Just kidding!

Have a great week!

A sidebar:

A few years after digital photography got going, during client interviews, almost all wanted the files on a CD/DVD. I would follow up and touch base after the event/session to see if I could help, thinking a print order. The usual song I would hear was something like this, “I haven’t looked at the photos on the CD/DVD.” I guess they aren’t not important, no time and will get to look at them later . Maybe never. Kind of meaningless what camera I used. However, my coach and mentor once said to have a large camera body as that is what people thought a pro should use! His view started during the days when something like Graflex cameras were in use.
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A few years after digital photography got going, during client interviews, almost all wanted the files on a CD/DVD. I would follow up and touch base after the event/session to see if I could help, thinking a print order. The usual song I would hear was something like this, “I haven’t looked at the photos on the CD/DVD.” I guess they aren’t not important, no time and will get to look at them later . Maybe never. Kind of meaningless what camera I used.
So they paid you to take photographs and then never looked at them? Not a lot of repeat work there.
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Yup.

You’re correct.

Unless, of couse, it was a wedding and then they got divorced, down the road for most. Then maybe two more!
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Unless, of couse, it was a wedding and then they got divorced, down the road for most. Then maybe two more!
Do the bride and groom hire a photographer the second time around. I was thinking it would be something quiet down at the courthouse.
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Yes, some do.

The second, or sometimes greater is a much easier wedding to photograph. Feet usually more firmly planted on the ground, not a cinderella story. No mamas to deal with.

One wedding I made photographs had college age children. The bride and grooms parents were still alive. Her father walked her down the aisle. I guess he was in his eighties. Smiles all over. Made some beautiful photographs.

Maybe many first weddings should forget the pro photographer relying on family and guests to make the photographs and hire the pro the second time around since half of them won’t last anyway.

The second weddings were actually a lot of fun to photograph. An associate did glamour photography and some of the brides to be would hire her prior to the wedding for a session and have the prints for the groom on their wedding day. Sexy!

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