• Kaisern Chen

Behind and in front of my camera

Updated: Nov 19

A camera was once perceived as a magical and obscure device many believed it will capture and take away the soul of the person on the picture; as a photographer and an industrial designer, it is a very fascinated tool because at the instant of exposure everything was put to work to result in a picture. 

The camera has become much easier to use coming to the digital age and even more comfortable when basically all smartphones have at least one or two cameras.   This blog is a collection of varies images I took with a person behind and in front of my camera. 



Carol Alves, with Leica M Edition 60 + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE

Marta Vorobiova, with Phase One XF IQ380 + Schneider Kreuznach 120mm LS f/4.0 Macro

Nina Laroque, with Leica M-P 240 Edition 100 + Elmarit-M 90mm f/2.8

Viktoria Szalay, with Leica IIIg + Summaron f=3.5cm 1:3.5


A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.

~ Dorothea Lange




Tonya Vysotskaya, with Leica M-P 240 Safari + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

Zlata Dagilis, with Leica M Edition 60 + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE

Sorina Mihaela, with Leica M 246 Monochrom Edition Jim Marshall + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH



A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.

~ Edward Steichen





Goda Paulavičiūtė, with Hasselblad X1D + XCD 45/3.5

Kanjana Chaiwatanachai, with Leica M-P 240 Safari Edition + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH


An image captured on camera represents an individual record seen by the photographer's eyes.

~ Eraldo Banovac




Irina Kornia, with Leica M2 + Summicron-M 50/2


Erika Larissa Tang, with Leica M-P Titan + Apo-Summicron-M 50/2 ASPH


Daria Saburova, with Leica SL Typ 601 + Apo-Summicron-M 75/2 ASPH

Angela Hasler, with Leica M Monochrom 246 + Apochromat Kinoptik Paris 50mm F2 Focale

Aneta Oszust, with Leica M Edition 60 + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE


Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.

~ Peter Adams




Tatiana Batir, with Leica M10 + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Anna Sedykh, with Leica M-P Titan + Summilux-M 35/1.4 Titanium

Madeline Minkema, with Leica SL Typ 601 + Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90/2.8-4 ASPH


The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.

~ Andy Warhol




Marta Vorobiova, with Leica M Monochrom 246 + Apo-Summicron-M 90/2 ASPH

Jenny García Vergara, with Hasselblad X1D50c + XCD 90/3.2

Kristina V. with Leica M Edition 60 + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE

Varvara Zorina, with Leica IIIg + Summaron f=3.5cm 1:3.5


Elis Regina, with Leica M-P Titan + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE Titanium

Betina Canoza, with Leica MP à la carte + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH II

Leica MP - The best Leica camera ever made as far as traditional photography is concerned, IMHO. The original MP introduced in 2003, about 50 years after the Leica's M3 (1954). The MP stands for a rather bold claim "Mechanical Perfection" which 16 years later still stands strong and remains in production as of today (April 2019).

Some might argue that the newer M-A introduced in 2014 is, the better example of a purer mechanical example than the original MP but except the slightly brighter rangefinder viewfinder by eliminating the part that is reflecting the metering diodes into the frame, all else are basically the same. My preference for original MP over M-A is that both are essentially a purely mechanical camera with the MP has the option of using a battery to power the meter or remove it, so it is no different than an M-A.

The MP, held in the hand of lovely Argentinean model Betina, is an à la carte edition of MP I commissioned Leica to custom-make for my birthday, black-paint MP with the removal of front and top engraving to make the camera looks as essential as it works.

The unmistakable acoustic signature of the shutter release of such purely mechanical camera immediately reveals the precision-engineered excellence of a photography tool that bears the claim of "Mechanical Perfection"!

More educational and interesting review by Erwin Puts.



Katerina Gartell with Leica MP + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Ana G., with Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 + Apo-Summicron-M 75/2 ASPH

Diana with Leica M Edition 60 + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH


A photograph shouldn't just show you a person. It should also show you their soul.

~ Anthony T. Hincks




Sara Maricevic with Leica Q2

Victoria Pacheco with Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Irina Kostina with Leica M-P 240 Safari + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

Aigul Fazylova with Leica M10-D + Apo-Summicron-M 50/2 ASPH Titanium

Kate with Leica M Edition 60 + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE

Leica M Edition 60 introduced initially at Photokina 2014 on the 60th anniversary of the legendary Leica M rangefinder system. The commemorative limited edition is a special version created by Audi Design that pays homage to the essence of photography and carries it back to its origins. It is one of my favorite M cameras for its clean and simplicity look as the first digital M camera without a rear screen. A camera I enjoy shooting very much until the introduction of Leica M10-D as my most often use Leica M camera. https://www.kaisernchen.com/post/leica-m10-d-diary



Malu Carvalho with Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 50/2 ASPH

Diana Hamed with Leica M-P Titan + Apo-Summicron-M 90/2 ASPH, July 2020

Amanda Gabriele de Oliveira with Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH.

Sylvia Madej with Leica M5 + Summicron 50mm F2.0

Leica M5 is the only Leica M camera I owned but never make any shot with. It is a very well built camera and the last Leica M camera entirely made in Germany by hand using the traditional adjust and fit method. It is bigger and heavier than the regular film M cameras and with a slightly different design that many regarded less elegant which I agree. Leica was in cross-road again to try to give the M5 as many improvements as possible over M4 back in 1971 when M5 was introduced. It was not a success camera for Leica although it is technically one of the best Leica M ever made. It is life.



Aleks Love with Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 + Apo-Summicron-M 75/2 ASPH

Libby Jennings with Leica M10-D + Apo-Summicron-M 50/2 ASPH Titanium, Hua Hin Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand

Ivanka Ungarová with Hasselblad X1D 50C + XCD 45/3.5

No one ever takes a photograph of something they want to forget.

~ Seymour Parrish



Sorina Mihaela with Leica M10 + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Liza Kaylee with Leica M10-D + Carl Zeiss C-Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM

Valerie Fedorenko with Leica M Edition 60 + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE

Daria Kirillova with Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH. FLE Edition 60

Olga Kultunova with Leica IIIf + Elmar f=5cm 1:3.5

It's one thing to take a picture of what a person looks like, it's another thing to make a portrait of who they are. ~ Paul Caponigro



Carol Alves, with Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 Jim Marshall Edition + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

The M Monochrom model Typ 246 Jim Marshall Edition is one of the most recognizable M cameras by implementing a special "Laiton" finish which provides a unique matt finish each with one of a kind appearance from the individual hand-rubbing process. The DNG file from the MM246 provides extra depth of resolution and tonal transition than standard RGB based sensor (Bayer to RGB demosaicing) therefore eliminating the pattern and luminous noise. It is also unique in its capability of real monochrome video recording. It is one of my favorite Leica M cameras.


Vika Kraynyukova, with Leica M-P Titan + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE Titan

Tereza Jelínková with Leica M-P 240 Edition 100 + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Anastasia Maslova with Leica Q2

Goda Paulavičiūtė with Leica M Edition 60 + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE

Victoria Costello and Virginia Costello, the twin sisters from Argentina, with Leica M-P 240 Edition 60 + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE Edition 60

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.

~ Dorothea Lange



Sabrina Baycroft with Leica Q2

Lera Ryzhova with Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Anastasiia Burdak with Leica Q2

Alisa Ratushniak with Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

Steve McCurry with the prototype Leica SL2 + Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90/2.8-4 ASPH, Chongwu, Hui'An, Quanzhou, Fujian, China August 31, 2019

My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.

~ Steve McCurry



Sabrina Baycroft with Sigma fp + 45/2.8 DG DN Contemporary

Aneta Oszust with Leica IIIf + Elmar F=5cm 1:3.5 with E. Leitz Wetzlar VIOOH Universal Rangerfinder Viewfinder 35-135mm #5808

Katarina Gartell with Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Julie Rose Brisson with Leica M-P 240 + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Victoria Pacheco with Leica MP A-La-Carte + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

Virginia Costello with Hasselblad X1D II 50c + XCD 90/3.2

Irina Kornia with Leica M2 + Summarit f=5cm 1:1.5

Danielė Žibūdaitė, with Leica M Edition 60 + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH

Daria Sorokina behind Leica MP + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH, captured with Leica MP240 + Apo-Summicron-R 90/2 ASPH with Leica R-Adapter M

Izem Yilmaz with Leica M Edition 60 + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE

Maria Klepikova selfie with the 1954 Leica IIIf RD, a camera two generations camera older than Maria, is one of the oldest Leica in my collection. The original Leica IIIf introduced in time for Christmas 1950 matches the red color of the bodysuit nicely. The old camera pairs with Maria and the Andy Warhol space theme at the Fotoclub Bangkok very well and thanks Maria's beautiful pose to connect all the elements that work well as a picture.


Maria Klepikova "Space-time Travel" with Leica IIIf + Elmar F=5cm 1:3.5 with E. Leitz Wetzlar VIOOH Universal Rangerfinder Viewfinder 35-135mm #5808

Eris Kim with Leica M Edition 60 + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE

Elena Shargina with Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

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