LEICA STORE MANCHESTER
I presented this book project to Leica Store Manchester not sure if they would be interested in Judo. But to my delight, they saw the value in the project and its story. They were pleased to see these iconic cameras being used for a subject not normally associated with a ‘rangefinder camera’. The majority of images in this book I used a Leica camera and mainly a standard 50 mm lens.
In addition to corporate sponsorship, Leica Store Manchester invited me to show a selection of images from the book at a major event in June 2015. It was the launch of the new store in St Ann’s Arcade, but also showing images was Nick Ut, his name is not well know but the image he made of Kim Phuc is widely credited with to helping bring about the end of the Vietnam war.
His 1972 image of ‘the napalm girl’ can be seen in the link below (copyright AP). Ut told of how he took one or two frames and then picked up Kim Phuc whose skin was hanging off her arms due to the heat of the napalm, placed her in his car, made soldiers pour water all over her and drove her to hospital. He saved her life, and she still bares the scares today. Kim Phuc now has a charity, The Kim Foundation which is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to help heal the wounds suffered by innocent children by providing much needed medical and psychological assistance.
So its obvious I was rather humbled to be showing Judo pictures in such company. However the images were very well received, people understood the story, and were supportive of a sport that does not normally get much attention.
Thank you very much to David Stephens and all his team at Leica Store Manchester, and just to add David knew Akinori Hosaka.
Leica Store Manchester, 10 St Ann's Arcade St Ann's Square Manchester M2 7HW 0161 8347755 firstname.lastname@example.org