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Decisive Moment by Leica & Magnum - Past. Present. Future.

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Leica's Stefan Daniel presenting the new Leica M9-P and the Leica Super-Elmar-M 21 mm f/3.4 ASPH.

Leica premiered the Leica M9-P in Paris on 21 June 2011, as well the addition of the Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH to their range of short focal lengths for Leica M cameras. The event was held at the upscale Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild and attended by over 250 participants, ranging from Leica directors, Magnum photographers, journalist and bloggers.

Tying the whole event together was the multimedia essay of an account of a young gondolier in Venice shot by Magnum photographer Alex Majoli. This was a project resulting from the further cooperation between Leica and Magnum Photos, shot vividly with the new Leica M9-P, the new Leica Super-Elmar-M 21 mm f/3.4 ASPH and the Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M Aspherical.

Leica M9-P in black paint or silver chrome

A video showing the making of this portfolio can be viewed on the Leica website at
An in-depth interview with Alex Majoli can be found at

[M9-P·vs·M9] The internal organs of the M9-P is identical to the M9. The differences are cosmetic, with the newer M9-P emphasizing the M characteristics of robustness and discretion.

- M9-P LCD cover glass is made of Sapphire crystal
- M9-P has lost the "red dot" Leica logo and the M9 lettering on the front
- M9-P has the top deck engraved with the classical script form of the Leica name
- M9-P is available in the silver chrome and black paint / M9 available in steel grey and black paint

Leica M9-P is dressed in minimalist styling, similar it the MP front and top deck. I would expect the availability of the traditional silver chrome will also be a hit with many Leica fans. Last word on this, the Leica M9-P is marketed as a complement to the Leica M9, and both models will be marketed together.


[Podium·Discussion] One of the items on the agenda for the evening was a very provocative discussion on"Crisis and catastrophes in picture. What justifiable role can photojournalism play in an age of cell phones, Twitter & Facebook", looking in the contributions of professional photojournalist and citizen photojournalist, the panel included a professional political blogger (, professional photojournalists (Magnum Photos), and news editors (GEO France, LaMode).

from left to right, Naseem Tarawneh (, Christopher Anderson (Magnum Photos), Dr. Andreas Kaufmann (Leica), Samuel Kirszenbaum (Moderator), Magdalena Herrara (GEO France), Nicolas Jimenez (LaMode), and Dominic Nahr (Magnum Photo)

[Leica·Magnum·Collaboration] This brings together the last 60 years of history between Leica and Magnum Photos. Magnum Photos was founded by legendary photographers including Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa in 1947. This signed agreement on technology and photographic cooperation will trigger off a number of independently produced multimedia essays by Magnum photographers. In so doing, also ensuring that Leica products meet the precise needs of professional photographers.

Affirming the Leica-Magnum collaboration - Christopher Anderson (Magnum) and Dr. Andreas Kaufmann (Leica)

More photos of the event can be found here - here
Interview with Dr. Andreas Kaufman (Leica) - here
Interview with Alex Majoli (Magnum Photos) - here

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Updated 26th June 2011 at 07:12 PM by Cactus jACK

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