Mar 16th 2023

On Thursday, March 16th at 7 p.m. Central (8 p.m. Eastern Time) join photographer and director Mark de Paola and Dan Tamarkin of Tamarkin Camera for an online Zoom discussion of some of Leica’s most unique vintage lenses juxtaposed with their more modern counterparts. Mark’s work in the fashion and beauty sectors has been defined by Leica glass for decades shooting entirely wide open without any post editing. His experience has led him to shoot every Leica lens that has been released throughout history.

This lecture will be a deep dive into his favorite 35, 50, and 75mm prime lenses highlighting the similarities and differences between some of their original and more modern designs including the 50mm Noctilux, the 35mm Summicron, and the 75mm Summilux. Sharing real side-by-side examples of some of these iconic designs alongside Dan’s encyclopedic knowledge with Tamarkin Camera and Mark’s practical application throughout his career, are sure to inspire you to find your favorite vintage glass unique to your personal vision!

Hosted by Leica Camera USA’s John Kreidler and Matt Butzow along with Tamarkin Camera.

We welcome you, your questions, and your Leica lens curiosity!

All are welcome – please join us for the second event in this year’s Leica Artist Talk series at Tamarkin Camera.

Zoom Link to follow for attendees.

Typically, these Artist Talk events sell out, so please reserve your spot today.

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About Mark de Paola

Mark de Paola is a New York City-based fine art and fashion photographer with over 30 years of experience shooting campaign and fine art commissions for the likes of Vogue Spain, Vogue Mexico, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Prabal Gurung, David Koma, Roksanda, and Saint Laurent.

De Paola has directed several hundred television spots in the fashion/beauty sector including those for Giorgio RED Perfume (Bergdorf Goodman windows and MoMA NY), Ducati, Leica Camera, Sony, Neutrogena, and Ford Motorsports.

De Paola’s fine artwork is included in public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Getty in Los Angeles, the San Diego Center of Photographic Arts, and the TOP Museum in Tokyo. His photography monographs Recent Work I (2018), Recent Work II (2019), and Five Years and Sixty Seconds (2020) can be found with Leica Camera retailers in major cities worldwide. De Paola’s solo exhibitions have traveled around the world including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dali (China), Tokyo, Milan (Triennale Museum), and at home in New York City.

De Paola’s pictorialism as a still- and motion-picture artist has been driven by his studies of the neurobiology and cognitive psychology of human vision.

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About Dan Tamarkin

Dan Tamarkin is originally from New Haven, Connecticut, where Tamarkin Camera was founded in 1971. Since arriving in Chicago in 1990, he has worked extensively as a theatrical lighting and scenic designer, teacher, performer, writer, and raconteur, during and since completing his studies as a writer and linguistic ethnographer at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Nowadays, Dan operates Tamarkin Camera and Tamarkin Auctions, both based in Chicago. As a photographer, Dan works almost exclusively with the Leica M camera; his subjects are typically candid portraits, live theater, and the textures and architecture in and around Chicago, and everywhere he travels. A collector of vintage Chicago-made guitars as well as Leica cameras and ephemera, Dan is also an avid outdoorsman: “I take pictures, have adventures, and tell funny stories.”



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