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Old 02-23-2007   #1
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Leica in Smithsonian Magazine

The Smithsonian Magazine has a monthly feature about a famous or at least notable photograph. How and why the picutre was made and if still living, the photographer discusses the shot. This months issue http://www.smithsonianmagazine.com/, has a feature that is relevant and interesting to all of us rangefinder, and in particular, all us Leica users. The picture below was taken April 8, 1957 by the photojournalist Bert Hardy and is a panorama, yes, with a Leica.


Sorry for the small size of the picture,click to enlarge.
Please read the entire article in Smithsonian Magazine.

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Thanks for this - made my day, seen the picture several times, but never such a good write up. I have not seen the Smithsonian site before - a great bonus to a fine post.
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great spot... you've opened me up to a whole new world. Thanks
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I followed your link and found this...
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I followed your link and found this...

VERY INTERESTING link to Smithsonian on HCB. Sheds some interesting light on how he worked.

Thanks and cheers,

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If it is a panorama, then three vertical frames would have had to be taken in quite quick succession -- the middle one last of all.
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I have a picture of my uncle, then commander Hans B. Gundersen in galla uniform (mess dress) and my aunt Inger walking up those stairs - in 1957. The occation was that, back then, Paris was the seat of the NATO headquarters. My uncle was norwegian navy attache in Paris. They are both dead, but I still have the photograph of them. Somewhere.

The picture taken of them is about where you see people coming up the stairs. (Elysee Palace? Or the Paris Opera?)

The photographer must have stood much farther down the stairs to take pictures of - possibly, each and every of the guests arriving at the occation. The background, the guards etc. are very familiar.
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