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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 12-06-2019   #1
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Jarecke and You(tube)

Ken Jarecke has a youtube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMW...O48yg/featured

Ken was one of the last generation of photojournalists who worked when news magazines sent a relatively few photographers around the world rather than keeping staff photographers in one or two key positions and relying on agencies, services and photographers local to events for coverage. And he is one of the better shooters from that lucky group. On his channel he is interviewing photographers from Tony Vacccaro, now in his nineties, to young photographers with just a few years of professional experience along with a few publishers, editors and writers.

These are not quick internet interviews heavy on gear and technique and sometimes misinformation. These are hour plus wandering conversations that the valiant interviewer tries to redirect if they start to veer too far off the photographic playing field. They can take the place of the hour long sitcom that is evening tv watching or they can be subdivided into shorter bites. And, while nobody said that a person who was skilled visually was a great conversationalist, you will get useful information of a type that is not often found on the internet - of a type that requires your thought of the overall conversation and eventually your judgement.

One word of warning, episode #26, when it appears, is with yours truly. It’s two friends who haven’t crossed paths in several years bringing each other up to date on their families. Even the skilled interviewer couldn’t get the interviewee to say much of photographic use. Skip it.
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Thanks...Tony Vacarro, wow.
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Thanks for sharing. Why not invite him to join the cabal?
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