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2017 Annual Meeting Speakers

Program Highlights: Sessions include – Using Nik SoftwareEditing Your Photographs and Telling a StoryTravel PhotographyWetzlar Planning for 2018Annual Trade FairAnnouncement of Photo Contest Winner and LHSA Grant recipient. Also, architectural boat tourChicago city bus tour and our 50th anniversary banquet.

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Stefan Daniel (*1968) started his Leica career in 1984 with an apprenticeship in precision mechanics at Leitz Wetzlar. From his childhood, he enjoyed taking photographs, owning his first SLR camera at the age of 12. After servicing Leica products in Germany and France, he became Product Manager for slide projectors in 1995 and Product Manager for the M System in 1999. Since 2000, he is heading the Product Management Department. His current position is Global Director of Business Unit Photo at Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, Germany.   



Constantine Manos – Magnum Photographer: The son of Greek immigrant parents, Constantine Manos grew up in South Carolina. At the age of eighteen, he discovered Cartier-Bresson, the Leica camera, and Magnum Photos – and made his first serious pictures. At age nineteen, Manos became the official photographer for the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood. He joined Magnum Photos in 1964. His books include Portrait of A Symphony, A Greek Portfolio, American Color, and others. Manos’ photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the George Eastman House in Rochester, and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, to name a few. In 2003, Manos won the Leica Medal of Excellence out of a worldwide field of 250 entries. His work may be seen at the websites constantinemanos.com and at magnumphotos.com


Nicholas Pinto is an Italian-American photographer with an eye for the moments found in everyday life. Born and raised on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois. After serving in the United States Army, he picked up a camera as a way to express himself. This unique background has given him a rare view of the people and places found in front of his lens.




In his professional career, William Fagan worked in the public and private sectors. His career experience included regulation, consumer protection, and telecoms.  His last posting before retirement was as Telecoms Regulator for the State of Qatar. William is a keen amateur photographer and collector of vintage cameras, particularly Leicas. As well as being a member of the LHSA, William is a member of the Leica Society UK, the Photographic Collectors Club of Great Britain, the Dublin Camera Club and the Gallery of Photography, Dublin.



Rebecca Memoli is a Chicago based photographer.  She received her BFA in Photography from Pratt Institute in 2006 and stayed in New York City for eight years.  During that time, she co-founded The Blood Dumpster artist collective in Brooklyn, NY.  With both the Blood Dumpster and independently, she has curated seven group exhibitions in Chicago and New York City.  Her work has been shown in galleries throughout the U.S. and in Chile.  She has had three solo exhibitions, including one at the New York Public Library, Mulberry Branch.  In 2017, she received her MFA from Columbia College in Chicago through which she received both the John Mulvany Scholarship and the Albert P. Weisman Award. 


Jim Lager is the world most renowned authority on all things Leica and the author of numerous books and articles about the Leica. Jim is a past president of the LHSA, and a president emeritus of the Society. 




Bill Royce is an Adobe-Certified Expert in Lightroom, long-time LHSA member, and an award-winning photographer who has been published numerous times in several different magazines.  He is currently an LHSA Board Member and instructs classes in the Seattle area in Street Shooting, Lightroom, and Silver Efex Pro II.




Alan Weinschel is the current Vice President of LHSA, has served on the Board, and has been a member for about 15 years.   He is a retired antitrust attorney and an accomplished award winning photographer.  In May 2016, Alan had a one-man show at the Tamarkin Rangefinder Gallery in Chicago.  Alan lives in Roslyn Heights, New York, and is also a member of the East End Photographers Group and Photographers East, both located on the east end of Long Island.