John Light has been a Leica shooter since the early 1980s when he bought his first Leica, an R4. John’s first love is street photography, often relying on interesting architecture as a component in the composition. John likes to explore and employ the interesting characteristics of various older Leica lenses.
During this lecture, John will talk about the use of Leica M cameras (digital and film) in his street photography, broadly defined, as well as the Leica SL and SL2. He will address the choice of subjects and his strategies for selecting and framing subjects and subject matter. He will also talk about the different approaches used for street shots involving people, as opposed to handheld golf course and tournament pictures, and historical architectural photography.
John Light is a retired lawyer living in Los Angeles who has been a Leica shooter since the early 1980s when he bought his first Leica, an R4. He used the R4 consistently for many years until buying an M6, used with pleasure for many years until replaced by an MP, in turn replaced recently by an M7 in almost perfect condition He also currently shoots an R6.2 and an R9.
John adopted digital Leicas with the M8 which he used for a few years exclusively and with success, starting with a safari shoot in South Africa relying solely on 50mm and 135mm lenses. He adopted the M9 when it was introduced and still shoots with it occasionally. He has shot with all the subsequent M digital cameras. He currently relies heavily on the SL2 and the M10 Monochrom for most of his work but also sometimes uses the S (007 ) for landscape and other composed photography.
John’s first love is street photography, often relying on interesting architecture as a component in the composition. He is basically a 50mm shooter but also uses other focal lengths from time to time and likes to explore and employ the interesting characteristics of various older Leica lenses.
His work is in significant private collections, most notably in the extensive contemporary art collection of a prominent international law firm which displays his work in its London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orange County offices.
His work is currently being shown at Samy’s Fairfax in the Leica Boutique, and has been the subject of two other shows by Samy’s, the first a show of approximately 30 works in 2005 at the former Santa Barbara store
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