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A REMINDER THAT THE MCPF GENERAL MEETING TAKES PLACE NEXT SATURDAY 23rd SEPT
15th September 2017
A REMINDER THAT THE MCPF GENERAL MEETING TAKES PLACE NEXT SATURDAY 23rd SEPT

At 3.pm
Doors open 2pm

At The Old Schoolhouse, Churchbridge, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 2AS

On display will be the SRGB BPE Print Exhibition
Leica Store London visit 16th November
05th September 2017
We have just had confirmation that this years Leica Shop London visit will be on Thursday 16th November. We are awaiting details of agenda for the day. 
Please watch this space.
MCPF General Meeting
05th September 2017
Details of the MCPF General Meeting attached.
Also please find details of a MAJOR NEW PAGB Competition and Exhibition 'Masters of Print' (With many superb Prizes' also attached. Please circulate details of this competition around your members.
Documents For General Meeting 23 Sept 2017
Flyer Aug 17
Mastersofprinttimetable
The MCPF Newsletter September
05th September 2017
September Newsletter.

If this link to the newsletter does not work then please go to the MCPF website and follow the links. You can also find previous editions on the website.
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Black&White Photographer of the Year 2018
29th August 2017
BlackWhite Photographer of the Year 2018
BlackWhite Photographer of the Year 2018 is open for submissions.
Win one of three fantastic Fujifilm cameras: an X-Pro2 plus three lenses, an X100F or an X-T20 plus lens.
BlackWhite Photography magazine, in association with Fujifilm, is excited to announce that the competition to find the BlackWhite Photographer of the Year 2018 is now open.
We are looking for the best in contemporary black & white photography. The competition is open to all and pictures can be taken on any kind of camera.
The winners will be chosen from three categories:

   The World of People (from formal portraits to street photography to photojournalism).
   The World Around Us (landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes and wildlife)
   The Creative World (let your imagination roam, from still life to abstract, using old processes to smartphone filters, whatever you think fits).
The deadline for entries is Midnight 30th October 2017.
For full competition details see the website: bpoty.com
Fotofest 2017
29th August 2017
Fotofest 2017
Please click on the link below to see details of a major event being held at Bath University on Sunday 10th September. The Day is being organised by Fotospeed and it has four great Photographers speaking at the event.

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In the Pocket: Photography from World War One
19th August 2017
In the Pocket: Photography from World War One

In the Pocket: Photography from World War One
Posted on August 16, 2017 by William Fagan
Kodak is probably the most significant name in the history of photography and it was the company that was most responsible for popularising photography, not only with its film products but also with its various easy-to-use cameras for the mass market. At one stage, photography was even called ‘Kodakery’ by some. Now that I have a collection of most camera models made by Leica, I have turned my attention to significant cameras in the history of photography such as the Nikon F and various Kodak models, such as the Brownie and the Vest Pocket Kodak (VPK) shown below.

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68th MIDLAND SALON OF INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPY
07th August 2017
68th MIDLAND SALON OF INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPY
5th to 13th AUGUST 2017
THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE, CHURCHBRIDGE, OLDBURY,
WEST MIDLANDS, B69 2AS (Junction 2 M5)
 
JUST 4 MORE CHANCES
 
TO VISIT THIS STUNNING EXHIBITION, SEE PRINTS AND PROJECTED IMAGES
FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
 
VISITORS TO THE EXHIBITION SAY THAT THE PROJECTED IMAGES ARE
THE BEST THEY HAVE SEEN DON’T MISS VISITING THE EXHIBITION
 
OPEN TUESDAY AND THURSDAY EVENING DOORS OPEN 7PM
 
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY DOORS OPEN 1PM
 
DO NOT MISS THIS CHANCE TO GET INSPIRED
Visit to Wetzlar October 2018, A Joint Venture with the LHSA.
24th July 2017
Visit to Wetzlar October 2018. A Joint Venture with the LHSA.

Below is an e-mail from Alan Weinschel of the LHSA.

If you are receiving this email, it means you are already on our mailing list for the exciting meeting we are planning for Wetzlar in October 2018.    
Leica AG has coordinated the dates with us so it is now easier to plan.
The meeting is scheduled for Thursday October 4 - Sunday October 8.  There will be a factory tour, meetings with Leica executives and local sightseeing,  This meeting will be limited to LHSA members and their guests, as well as members of some Leica groups outside the US.   It promises to be truly international and fun, with some dinners in the works too.  
 
Many of you have asked about hotel arrangements and at this time, all I can say is we are working on those.   The Wetzlarer Hof is not large enough to handle our group if all who have expressed interest come so we will also be looking at alternatives.  
 
Unless there are objections, we will also be circulating a list of those who have expressed interest and contact information, so as to facilitate travel in a group if that is desired.  If you do not want your contact information shared, please contact me as soon as possible.
 
More detail on programming will be released in the coming months and there will also be a Wetzlar planning session at the Chicago meeting this October, so that both programming and sightseeing ideas can be exchanged.
 
If your plans have changed and you no longer wish to receive these updates, please send an email to me.
 
I look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming meetings — or in Wetzlar.
 
 
Alan Weinschel
Vice President, LHSA - The International Leica Society
alan.weinschel@lhsa.org

Further Information to Follow
 
Thames Sailing Barge Trip Thursday August 24th
20th July 2017
An afternoon tea cruise on a barge from Maldon, Essex on Thursday August 24th. The Barge leaves the Maldon Hythe at 2pm, and whilst under sail a cream tea is available (scone, cream, jam, cake, tea). Cost £33. Parking in the Town. To book ring 01621 857567, or if members would like to contact Brian Oliver he can book for them.
The Hythe is easy to find - essentially head downhill along Maldon High Street! Nearest Car Park is on your left as you go down the High Street.
LEICA AKADEMIE WORKSHOPS
19th July 2017
LEICA AKADEMIE WORKSHOPS
Be a part of the Leica culture

Using available light to take the perfect portrait – Leica Akademie Workshop with Cat Garcia.

Leica Portraiture – Mastering Available Light with Cat Garcia
Discover your creativity with Cat as she helps you explore composition, depth of field, light, interaction with the subject, body language and expression.

Cat Garcia works across portrait, reportage and advertising photography, capturing people and places with a lightness of touch and sense of storytelling. Her work celebrates individuality and the simple, authentic beauty of her subjects.

On 12th August at Leica Store Mayfair, for more details visit the Leica Akademie website.
The 68th Midland Salon of International Photography opens its doors on Saturday August 3th
19th July 2017
The 68th Midland Salon of International Photography opens its doors on Saturday August 3th and runs through to Sunday August 13th. Make sure you visit this stunning exhibition with over 400 prints on display a great AV's of the accepted and award winning PDI's. Attached is a flyer giving all of the opening times. Note that the Salon is not open every weekday.
Do not get this exhibition confused with our own regional exhibitions this one has pictures from all around the world.
Join us as we celebrate The Lightbox’s tenth anniversary Please enter our competition.
16th July 2017
Dear Friends and colleagues,
Join us as we celebrate The Lightbox’s tenth anniversary
Please enter our competition. It’s easy to apply
This year’s theme – celebration. What is celebration to you?
Feel free to share with friends, family
An opportunity to show your work in a professional gallery space
Info
Description: Photographers of all ages and abilities are invited to submit their work to The Lightbox Photographic Open Competition. In keeping with our 10 year anniversary in 2017, this year we are inviting entries in the theme of 'Celebration and Anniversary'. Successful entries will be displayed at The Lightbox from 14 October 2017 - 7 January 2018.
 
Final application and submission deadline: Monday 4 September 2017
 
Prizes:  £500 for Best in Show
£250 The People’s Prize
£100 Young Photographer's Prize (13 – 17years)
 
Entry Fee: £10.00
 
Exhibition dates: Saturday 14 October 2017 – Sunday 7 January 2018
 
Private View: Thursday 19 October 2017 | 6.30pm – 8.00pm 
 
To apply: Download an application form and sign up at: http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/the-lightbox-photographic-open. Send photos and form to lightboxphoto@thelightbox.org.uk.
 
For more information do not hesitate to get in contact.
 
All the very best,
 
Natalie Paetzold
Exhibitions & Collections Intern
 
 
THE EPPING ONGAR RAILWAY VOLUNTEER SOCIETY PRESENTS AN EVENING PHOTO CHARTER WITH METROPOLITAN 1 SAT
14th July 2017
THE EPPING ONGAR RAILWAY VOLUNTEER SOCIETY PRESENTS
AN EVENING PHOTO CHARTER WITH METROPOLITAN 1
SATURDAY 19 AUGUST 2017

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The new second-generation Leica TL2
10th July 2017

MAKE STATEMENTS
 
Minimalist design, intriguing qualities inside. The new, second-generation Leica TL2 sets standards and takes this camera class into an entirely new dimension.
Speed, picture quality, and ease of handling characterise its intrinsic values and make a statement, the likes of which has never been seen before.



A SYNTHESIS OF THE FINEST ARTS OF CONSTRUCTION
 
The true arts of German engineering are brought together in a unique camera; the bodies of the Leica TL-Cameras are made entirely from aluminum, crafted from a single block of solid metal and polished by hand for 45 minutes. The result: precise and robust. The process: innovative and groundbreaking.  


TOUCH ME

Simply touch the screen to focus on your subject, and check and review your pictures with a swipe across the generously sized, 3.7" LCD touchscreen display that covers almost the entirety of the back of the camera. The menu of your camera can be configured to suit your personal preferences and needs.


LEADING LENSES

Discover and experience true perfection in optical design with our range of leading lenses. Constructed with perfectly harmonized glass types - their inner mechanisms perfected down to the smallest details - our lenses offer a broad selection of focal lengths and speeds. Expand your creative horizons with lenses created by Leica.


EVERYTHING YOU NEED

The versatility of the Leica TL2 can be extended with our range of technical accessories such as powerful flash units and a high-resolution accessory viewfinder. Bright and colorful accessories add an additional aspect for users and highlight the self-assured character and design of this statement camera. 

The sheer joy of street photography in the heart of London 

"The Leica TL2 is a continuation of Leica's design legacy with a precision interface built to delight with every responsive touch. My favourite features are the ultra responsive touchscreen, the ability to personalise with the icons I need, and the signature Leica look from the 24MP sensor ." - Arteh Odjidja, Leica Akademie Tutor
Photos of Classic and Vintage Cars taken with Leica M10, WATE and 24mm Elmar
10th July 2017
Photos of Classic and Vintage Cars taken with Leica M10, WATE and 24mm Elmar

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LEICA AKADEMIE WORKSHOPS Show the world your individuality
15th June 2017
LEICA AKADEMIE WORKSHOPS
Show the world your individuality


Leica Masterclass – A Personal Vision: Space, Lights, Colours and People with Fulvio Bulgani
Discover your creativity with award-winning photographer Fulvio Bulgani and Leica Akademie UK on this two-day Masterclass at Leica Store City.

A freelance professional photographer for over 20 years, Fulvio’s work has been published in international magazines and websites like TIME and LFI. He has several ongoing photographic projects in Cuba, Kenya, Indonesia, Turkey and Georgia and combines a hugely successful commercial career and collaborations with NGOs such as Amnesty International and Médecins Sans Frontières.

The interplay of colour and light is a main feature of Fulvio’s long-term Cuban project and this masterclass will focus on his personal approach to reality, use of light and shadow and complexity of composition. There will also be practical photography demonstratrations and assignments, follow-up editing and analysis of the final images.

On 7th and 8th July 2017 at Leica Store City, for more details visit the Leica Akademie website.


Leica Masterclass – London Street Portraits with Niall McDiarmid
Discover the secrets behind authentic street portraits on this interactive one-day Masterclass with renowned Scottish photographer, Niall McDiarmid.

Since 2011, Niall has been travelling the length and breadth of the UK photographing the people he meets. With work in the National Portrait Gallery and the Sir Elton John Photography Collection, a large display of his portraits from across the capital will be shown at the Museum of London from May through till October 2017.

Niall will share his advice for approaching and photographing people in the street and will challenge you to take your own portraits out and about in the city before returning for a critique of the final images in the Leica studio.

On 15th July 2017 at Leica Store Mayfair, for more details visit the Leica Akademie website.
Leica Masterclass – A Personal Vision: Space, Lights, Colours and People with Fulvio Bulgani
13th June 2017
Leica Masterclass – A Personal Vision: Space, Lights, Colours and People with Fulvio Bulgani
Discover your creativity with award-winning photographer Fulvio Bulgani and Leica Akademie UK on this two-day Masterclass at Leica Store City.

A freelance professional photographer for over 20 years, Fulvio’s work has been published in international magazines and websites like TIME and LFI. He has several ongoing photographic projects in Cuba, Kenya, Indonesia, Turkey and Georgia and combines a hugely successful commercial career and collaborations with NGOs such as Amnesty International and Médecins Sans Frontières.

The interplay of colour and light is a main feature of Fulvio’s long-term Cuban project and this masterclass will focus on his personal approach to reality, use of light and shadow and complexity of composition. There will also be practical photography demonstratrations and assignments, follow-up editing and analysis of the final images.

On 7th and 8th July 2017 at Leica Store City, for more details visit the Leica Akademie website.


Leica Masterclass – London Street Portraits with Niall McDiarmid
Discover the secrets behind authentic street portraits on this interactive one-day Masterclass with renowned Scottish photographer, Niall McDiarmid.

Since 2011, Niall has been travelling the length and breadth of the UK photographing the people he meets. With work in the National Portrait Gallery and the Sir Elton John Photography Collection, a large display of his portraits from across the capital will be shown at the Museum of London from May through till October 2017.

Niall will share his advice for approaching and photographing people in the street and will challenge you to take your own portraits out and about in the city before returning for a critique of the final images in the Leica studio.

On 15th July 2017 at Leica Store Mayfair, for more details visit the Leica Akademie website.
Leica Camera supports Sky Arts’ search for the ‘Master of Photography’ 2017
23rd May 2017
Leica Camera supports Sky Arts’ search for the ‘Master of Photography’ 2017
 
European TV talent show for professional and dedicated amateur photographers begins second series with Leica Camera AG as exclusive technical provider
 
Following the enormous success of the first season, the new series of the Sky Arts TV talent show ‘Master of Photography’ will be aired from 25 May 2017 on Sky Arts in the UK and Republic of Ireland, Sky Arte HD in Italy and Sky Arts HD in Germany and Austria. In this second season, Leica Camera AG makes a return appearance as the show’s exclusive technical provider. The aim of this unique international production is to promote all aspects of creative photography.
 
Throughout the eight shows of the series, twelve talented photographers from all parts of Europe must prove their photographic skills in the areas of creativity, instinct and versatility. As the show’s exclusive technical provider, Leica equips each competitor with premium cameras and lenses made in Germany. All contestants are provided with professional photographic equipment comprising cameras, lenses and a range of accessories. With products such as the Leica SL mirrorless system camera, the Leica M-D digital rangefinder camera and the Leica Q compact, full-frame, fixed prime lens camera, the contestants are ideally equipped to master every photographic challenge.
 
In their battle for the title of ‘Master of Photography’, the contestants must prove their talent and skills in a number of different photographic genres at various locations throughout Europe. The jury of three world-renowned photographers and experts, Caroline Hunter, Darcy Padilla and Oliviero Toscani, judges the contestants’ works to decide which of them will be honoured with the title ‘Master of Photography 2017’ at the end of the season. The winner is awarded a cash prize of 150,000 euros.
 
Further information about Sky Arts ‘Master of Photography’ can be found here: http://masterofphotography.tv/
 
Simulcast across five countries, Master of Photography is created by the Sky Arts Production Hub, a commissioning and production centre of excellence dedicated to creating quality arts programmes for Sky’s 22 million customers across the UK and Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria.