But every now and then, something comes along (for instance, the Ghost Rider sequel) that has you thinking, “Maybe the still image is ripe for a comeback.”
Also: this place.
So say hello to the Leica Store Washington DC, the venerable German brand’s first-ever North American outpost, now open to show you what an F-stop does, and what you can do with it.
Now, in case you’re not steeped in camera geek-ology, the Leica was the first compact 35mm camera ever made, and Leicas have taken some famous shots (think Johnny Cash giving the finger at San Quentin). And the store itself is like peering into Tony Stark’s attaché case: lots of black, with red-lined window boxes containing some of the latest and greatest optical technology.
They’re happy to walk you through it all, from travel-ready point-and-shoots to the S2 line that had previously only been sold at professional dealers to top-end rifle scopes and binoculars (should the space shuttle fly over again).
And if you want to look at actual photographs, they can help you there, too, with in-store exhibits that will rotate every three months. First up: former Newsweek shooter Peter Turnley, whose black-and-white images are heavy on intimate couples and barely clad women.
One tends to lead to the other.