LHSA Statement

Jun 15, 2020  By Richard Rejino

At the International Leica Society, we understand the power of images. Photography contributes to our understanding of why conflict happens and challenges us to reflect on what was captured and how it reflects the world we’re living in.

We’ve seen Nick Út’s Napalm Girl during the Vietnam War; we’ve seen Robert Capa’s image of the of Death of a Spanish Loyalist during the Spanish Civil War; we’ve seen Jeff Widener’s Tank Man during the Tiananmen Square protests; and this past week we’ve seen violence like looting and firebombing of businesses including Leica stores; and more footage of an unarmed black man dying at the hands of a police officer.

We also have seen images of people coming together to put humans into space, images of doctors, nurses, and first responders helping others in a pandemic, and images of protestors and police officers kneeling together. They remind us that our differences are dwarfed by our similarities as human beings.

Through our collective lenses, we hope you will all join us in unequivocally denouncing racism and all forms of violence.

We are here for our community and hope you are and will remain safe.

LHSA -The International Leica Society Board

Richard Rejino
Richard is the Executive Director of LHSA - The International Leica Society and a part-time professional photographer. He is also a classically trained pianist, writer and published author. His book, "What Music Means to Me" is available from Hal Leonard Corporation.

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