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Henry Wessel Passes Away at 76

A lengthy and well-illustrated obituary appeared in the New York Times a couple of days ago for Henry Wessel, who died at 76 in California. Photo District News has also posted its own obit. I’ll leave it to you to read about Wessel and his essential role in what has come to be known as the “New Topographics” movement in photography. There are plenty of links on line, in case his name and work are unfamiliar. The Pace/MacGill Gallery is a good starting point, as well as this Artsy gallery (which contains links to other examples of the style Wessel helped create).

But, what caught my eye in the NYT article, and what I didn’t know before, is that he was a firm believer in the ‘one camera/one lens’ approach to photography and that, in his case, it was a Leica (rangefinder, of course) fitted with a 28mm optic. And that’s precisely what I was writing about in my recent post, which featured the Leica Q camera with its 28mm Summilux lens.