Eisenhower's Photographer - 84 years old

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  1. M. Valdemar

    M. Valdemar Leica Place Regular

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    I was out at a NYC flea market today. A guy older than me started looking at a Ricoh film SLR on a table and we both started talking about it. It turned out he knew an awful lot about cameras. Not as much as me, but enough.

    We ended up talking for about a half hour and I then found out he was a well known photographer who had been Eisenhower's personal photographer, a Time-Life photographer, as well as many other things. He is 84 years old and still working.

    Please do not post his name here because I don't want search results coming here.

    I took this shot with my Leica M9 and a 28mm Orion-15 lens that I happened to have had on the camera.

    Famous photographer still going strong at 80 (x2) - People - Leica Forum

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  2. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    God Bless Him!

    I will have to look this up- and not post results!

    But- Did Ike take the photographer's picture with his Stereo Realist????
     
  3. M. Valdemar

    M. Valdemar Leica Place Regular

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    It looks that way, doesn't it? I don't know what camera he used, though.

    He was very articulate and healthy. I hope I hold up as well at 84. He said he has never used a digital camera.
     
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  4. Mr_Flibble

    Mr_Flibble Leica Place Veteran

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    Rick
    God bless him, indeed :)

    Al Meserlin (center) was Ike's personal photographer during World War 2 (1944-1945). Al passed away in 2009.
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  5. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    They look ready for action!

    Contax I with a first-generation 5cm F2.8 Tessar?
     
  6. M. Valdemar

    M. Valdemar Leica Place Regular

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    Packing a Bolex and grenades on the left!
     
  7. Mr_Flibble

    Mr_Flibble Leica Place Veteran

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    In danger of thread-hijacking M.Valdemar's topic, but:

    England, training for Operation Market Garden. Al never got that far, as he was moved to France to be with Ike.

    Actually a 5th or 6th iteration of the Contax I ...I think a Contax I(e), though I'd need to see the VF/RF arrangement to be sure.
    Fairly certain it's an f/2.8, yes.


    Bell & Howell 71-Q designated the "PH-330-G" by the Signal Corps.

    The man on the right is carrying a Bell & Howell 71-Z A4 Bomb Spotting camera, which, together with the PH-330-A was slowly being replaced by the PH-330-Q.

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  8. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    The Tessar 5cm F2.8 was quickly reformulated. I have the black-paint version and chrome version. Also have the 5cm F2.8 on a Certo Dolina, SN and block show that to pre-date the Contax I.
     
  9. Mr_Flibble

    Mr_Flibble Leica Place Veteran

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    I have a Contax I(d) in pieces on my workbench at the moment, waiting for replacement straps from Aki-Asahi. No lens to go with it, but I have a f/3.5 Tessar on the I(c) I could switch out.
     
  10. M. Valdemar

    M. Valdemar Leica Place Regular

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    I stand corrected to vastly superior knowledge. Very interesting.

    (found it immediately on eBay)

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  11. Mr_Flibble

    Mr_Flibble Leica Place Veteran

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    Having General/President Eisenhower in front of the camera must've been very interesting as well.
    In the Photo Gallery Pocket book I have on Al Meserlin's work, he mentions that Ike never stopped him from taking photographs whatever the occasion.