Sessions and times are subject to change.
1:00 – 5:00 PM Registration
3:00 – 6:00 PM Board Meeting
6:00 – 7:00 PM Informal Gathering in Hotel Bar
7:00 PM Dinner on Your Own
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Registration
8:00 – 8:30 AM Leica on Loan: Try out the newest Leica cameras and lenses.
9:30-11:30 AM Architectural Boat Cruise (pre-registration required)
Chicago’s Original Architecture Tour® – Be inspired by the captivating, visual art that is Chicago’s legendary architecture, and the exceptional architects who created this ever-changing, dynamic legacy for all to enjoy and admire. This comprehensive tour will navigate through the heart of the city on all three branches of the Chicago River while your professionally-trained architectural guide tells the story of more than 130 years of innovation in design, style and technique and why it is important today. Participants are responsible for getting to the dock. To learn more about the tour, click here.
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch On Your Own
1:00-1:15 PM Welcome to the 50th LHSA Annual Meeting – Introductory remarks
1:15 – 2:00 PM Silver Efex Pro II: Making great Monochromes – Bill Royce
Join LHSA member, Bill Royce in this interesting and educational session. He will use Leica M 240 and M Monochrom 246 images to demonstrate conversion of a color image to monochrome and enhancing monochrome images using Silver Efex Pro II. Emphasis is placed on tonal control.
2:10 – 3:00 PM Travel Photography in Greece and Syria – William Fagan
Experience the thrill of travel photography to exotic places with William Fagen. In recent years, William and his wife, Laura, have been to Greece and Syria. William will talk about his experiences there and showcase stunning images from Athens, the Aegean Islands, Delphi, Palmyra, the Citadel in Aleppo, Krak Des Chevaliers and many others. In Greece, William attempts to capture aspects of its culture both ancient and modern; in Syria his images capture an ancient land that has suffered from conflict many times, but that is proud of its history and varied cultured heritage.
3:10 – 4:00 Editing Your Photographs and Telling a Story- Rebecca Memoli
After a photograph is taken and printed, its life continues in the company of other photographs. In this session Rebecca Memoli will discuss how to organize your work to maximize their coherence and impact for an exhibition, portfolio, or online gallery. Photographer and Curator, Rebecca Memoli, will show tips and techniques for sequencing and displaying photographs. Participants may each submit 15-20 images prior to the session to be included in a mock-juried exhibition exercise.
4:10 – 5:00 PM Wetzlar Planning Session – Alan Weinschel
The 2018 LHSA annual meeting will be in Wetzlar, Germany from October 4-6. Join Alan Weinschel for a working session as outlines planned activities and solicits additional ideas for programming. A tour of the Leica factory and meetings with Leica executives are in the works, but more details will be available in Chicago. If you have been in the Wetzlar area before and have ideas on things to do, please come and share with your fellow members. Put yourself on the mailing list for this highly anticipated meeting. If you are planning to go to Wetzlar, you will want to attend this session.
5:00 – 5:30 Barnack Book Introduction – Doug Drumheller
Join Doug Drumheller as he introduces the culmination of a long, two-year project by unveiling the English edition of Ulf Richter’s book: Oskar Barnack – From the Idea to the Leica. Doug will also present the first book to LHSA’s own Rolf Fricke who so graciously translated the book.
5:30 – 6:00 PM Leica Miscellania – Jim Lager
Since the earliest Leicas, Leitz has prepared a multitude of advertising material to spread the Leica gospel worldwide. Cameras, lenses, and accessories ( the hardware ) are well known to most Leica enthusiasts. Much of the advertising ( what I call the software/Leicaware ) in the form of signs, display stands, boxes, pins, medallions, and stickers has been lost to history. In this sessions, a few surviving Leicaware artifacts are illustrated. For many, this Leicaware is as important historically as the hardware itself.
5:30 – 7:00 PM Dinner on Your Own
6:00 – 9:00 PM Evening at Rangefinder Gallery – Tamarkin Camera
Dan Tamarkin’s Rangefinder Gallery will host LHSA in an opening-night show, The Invisible Street Photographer of Barcelona, featuring the images of Lluis Ripoll. Join Dan and LHSA for an evening of photography, hors d’oeuvres and drinks.
The Rangefinder Gallery at Tamarkin Camera
300 West Superior Street
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM Registration
8:00-8:30 AM Leica on Loan
8:00 AM-8:45 AM LHSA Business Meeting & Election
9:00 – 9:50 AM Trade Fair Setup
9:00 -11:00 AM Bus Tour – City of Chicago (extra cost – must be pre-registered)
On this tour you’ll see the famous white Wrigley Building that announces the beginning of the Magnificent Mile, and Michigan Avenue where Chicago’s most exclusive stores exhibit their wares. You’ll see the renowned Water Tower Place, alongside one of the tallest buildings in the world, the John Hancock Center. You will also travel through Lincoln Park, see Wrigley Field – the home of the Cubs (visits not on game days), the Botanical Gardens, Chicago Historical Society, Newberry Reference Library, and an Indian Totem Pole. To learn more about the tour, click here.
11:00 -1:20 PM Trade Fair
Exhibitors from within the LHSA membership and beyond will display their photography related items. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to find some great deals!
12:30 PM Lunch on Your Own
1:30 – 2:20 PM Costa Manos – A Retrospective
Looking back: a slideshow of my life’s work with commentary.
2:30 – 3:20 PM The Photographer as Artist – Nicolas Pinto, Photographer
Join Nick Pinto as he reflects upon the special moments that guided him in his journey from photographer to artist. Nick will discuss how photography has opened doors into new worlds, and how photography helped him find his own distinctive voice. Along the way, Nick will showcase his work and discuss how they relate to his evolution
3:30 – 4:20 PM Fall Photo Contest & Student Contest Judging – Nicolas Pinto
In this session, Nicolas Pinto will comment on and judge the images submitted for the 2017 LHSA Photo Contest. Winners will be revealed and prizes awarded.
4:30 – 5:00 PM Keynote Presentation: A Decade of Digital M Photography with Stefan Daniel
In his keynote speech, Stefan Daniel will give a review how the Leica M rangefinder system made its way into the digital age. What were the biggest obstacles to overcome in the early days, how the digital M contributed to the turnaround and why M is still very important for the company.
6:30 – 9:00 PM Banquet and Awards/Recognition
This year’s banquet will honor various LHSA members who have been influential in its development over the 50 years of its existence. Join us for an evening of celebration of the beginning of LHSA’s Jubiliee Year!
8:00 – 9:30 AM President’s Breakfast (informal)