Leica Society Friends,
The year – 2017 – marks the beginning of LHSA’s 50th Anniversary Jubilee, a one-year celebration that begins in Chicago in October 2017 and runs through Wetzlar, Germany, October 2018.
As you know, LHSA was formed in the late 60’s by a group of Leica enthusiasts which included Rolf Fricke, Nate Skipper, Spike Stieger, Jim Lager and others. We thank them for their efforts as we continue to share information about Leica products and their use for both collectors and users, preserving literature, sharing stories and of course camaraderie.
For the last 50 years, the mission has been to provide a place where Leica camera enthusiasts can congregate for mutual interest and enjoyment. And, of course, there is also our acclaimed quarterly publication for members, “Viewfinder”.
Our vision is to advance the “Leica Journey” in each of us. LHSA offers Leica enthusiasts the experiences they want, and helps solve their problems as they travel along their individual journey.
We begin our Jubilee celebration at our fall meeting in Chicago October 5-8, and you should attend! Our lineup includes Stefan Daniel (the head of Leica’s camera business worldwide); notable photographers Constantine Manos (Magnum) and Nick Pinto; Jim Lager; Tom Smith; and Lars Netopil of Leica Historica, Alan Weinschel, Bill Royce and others. You can register at www.lhsa.org, and join in the fun and camaraderie of meeting your fellow members, attending educational and inspirational sessions, and building on your Leica Journey.
Your Society has just witnessed an inflection point. We have been reaching out to Leica AG and Leica USA in many ways over the last 16 months, and our efforts have generated a number of cooperative programs that we work on together. Leica USA has recently asked us to participate with them in three upcoming events: Photoville in Brooklyn in Sept; NYC during Photo Plus Expo in late October; and Miami Art Basel. You will want to support these events and attend if possible, and we will keep you informed.
Did you know there are other ways that you can support your Society? Your dues alone do not cover the services that we provide, so here are several ways that you can help support the momentum and services that make your Society the ‘Go to Place for All Things Leica’.
Now some questions for you:
Have you seen the new video program we have started? We roll out a new video every month from our events. The most recent ones featuring: Stefan Daniel; Jim Lager, Gregory Simpson; Ashwin Rao and others. These videos are getting great reviews on social media for their educational value, tips for photographing, etc., and let’s not forget entertainment.
When was the last time that you visited our new Website? www.lhsa.org There are all types of new features for you to enjoy and enhance your membership. Please take a moment to explore what your website has to offer.
Are you interested in attending the meeting in Wetzlar in October 2018? This meeting will include a tour of the Leica factory and meetings with Leica executives. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Wetzlar” as the subject and we will put you on the already large and still growing list.
Gary Hough, LHSA President