1. Franco Pagetti, photoreporter italiano membro di VII Agency, racconta il dietro le quinte del proprio più recente lavoro. In assignment in Siria, Pagetti ha scelto di raccontare la realtà siriana attraverso fotografie e video delle vie di Aleppo devastate dalla guerra, e delle tende stese tra un palazzo e l'altro come scudi per proteggere i soldati dell'esercito di liberazione dai cecchini delle forze speciali di Bashar al-Assad. Prima della guerra, le stesse tende assolvevano a una funzione diversa, quella di proteggere la privacy della casa e di proteggerla dal maltempo. "Le tende di Aleppo assolvono in qualche modo lo stesso compito: proteggono vite," racconta Franco Pagetti. "Ma sei sempre conscio di quanto siano fragili".

    Franco Pagetti, italian photoreporter member of VII Agency, tells the "behind the scenes" of his latest work. In assignment in Syria, Pagetti has chosen to tell the Syrian situation through pictures and videos of the streets of Aleppo, devastated by war, and of the veils spread out between buildings acting as shields to obscure Free Syrian Army soldiers from the view of Bashar al-Assad's security force snipers. Before the war, these sheets served a very different purpose as residents used them for privacy or to protect their homes from harsh weather. “Aleppo’s sheets serve the same purpose: they protect lives,” says Franco Pagetti. “But you’re always aware how fragile they are."

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  2. Seal, a Grammy-winning musician, is also a passionate photographer and Leica fanatic. As a portrait photographer, he believes that both music and photography express and validate the human experience in complementary ways. In this Leica Portrait video, he explains the role photography plays in his life, his thoughts on the new Leica X2 and one of his favorite subjects to shoot: his children.

    Co-Produced by Helen Todd
    Shot and Edited by Trevor Bayack
    Video Assistant Brian Butnick

  3. An award-winning street photographer who has been creating memorable images in the great photojournalistic tradition since 1962, Joel Meyerowitz pioneered the use of color in this slice of life genre, and his classic book on Cape Cod, “Cape Light” was instrumental in changing the prevailing dismissive attitudes toward color photography. Within a few days of the 9/11 attacks on The World Trade Center, Meyerowitz began to create an archive of the destruction and recovery at Ground Zero that consists of over 8,000 images of the aftermath of the tragedy. In this latest Leica Portrait video, Joel shares the story of his transition from junior art director to legendary photographer.

    Read our interview with Joel on the Leica Camera blog: http://bit.ly/HOOADs

    Shot and Edited by Trevor Bayack
    Video Assistant Brian Butnick

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  4. A Cleveland, Ohio native, Jonathan Mannion began capturing images of up-and-coming urban music superstars after working for a year with world-renowned photographer Richard Avedon. In 1996, he launched his professional career by shooting the photographs for the classic hip-hop album “Reasonable Doubt” by Jay-Z. In the years since, Jonathan’s photography has grown alongside the culture he so loves, helping to visually define an era of urban music. As DJ Quik once pointed out to him, the world sees hip-hop through his eyes. However, he is modestly circumspect about his role. “I’m just a messenger," he observes, "and I’ve been given a talent to document an extremely important era of music history. I have a love for hip-hop that goes back to when I was a teenager, and I feel blessed to have had the chance to shoot the artists I’ve worked with. I’ve had the opportunity to grow with them and the photos I’ve shot over the years have become visual bullet points of their creative evolution and mine."

    To read the text interview, please click: http://bit.ly/MannionPortrait

    Shot and Edited by Trevor Bayack
    Video Assistant Oneil Vargas-Estevez

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  5. John has been working with the Leica team in London to help build exposure for the S-System alongside the UK professional photographic community. As part of the collaboration between John and Leica, photographers are able to experience the S-System first-hand through a series of activities including interviews and photographic sessions, exhibitions and workshops at the Leica Store Mayfair ‘Studio S’ and other UK studios. John also uses the camera for a number of high-profile shoots. In our latest Leica Portrait video, John explains what he likes about the S2.

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