Claire Yaffa took her first photograph 45 years ago when her son was 18 months old and it was the beginning of her journey, first as a mother, then as a photographer. She has worked extensively for The New York Times and Associated Press. Her photographs have appeared in countless influential publications and have been exhibited at major venues in the US and around the world.
Leica Notebook, Chapter 15
The photographers below and their wives convey the love and closeness that they have shared. Whether love and relationship influence one’s art or photography, it is who they are and who they have become. Life is meant to be lived with love and passion. Art is created when one is fortunate to experience both. When photographing the masters of photography, I also photographed the women who helped guide and love them. Perhaps, they were even responsible for the memorable photographs created by these “masters of photography” as they lived a life of love, passion and dedication together.

Marc and Catherine Riboud

Leonard and Brigitte Freed

Cornell and Edie Capa

Yousuf and Estralita Karsh

Erich and Traudl Lessing

Bruce and Emily Davidson

Henri Cartier-Bresson and Martine Franck
– Claire Yaffa
You can also see more of Claire’s work on her website,