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.
The Master Series of Photographers will be exhibited at Leica Camera in Wetzlar, Germany, October 9, 2014. The Master Series includes the many people I have met, who encouraged me and exposed me to the world of photography. I was fortunate to meet some of the icons of photography: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Cornell Capa, Lisette Model, Gordon Parks and many others who are now a part of the 100 photographers, 100 photographs. The photographers, included in this chapter of Leica Notebook, were born after 1945. They are also a part of the master series and exhibition. I am grateful for the opportunity to have met and learn from the photographers who let me enter their world. I regret I have not been able to include more photographers. However, I hope my Master Series will be a continuing project, where I will have the opportunity to meet and photograph the many “Masters,” who will become a part of this series.

Jules Allen-1947

Alex Majoli-1971

Peter Turnley-1955

David Turnley-1955

Gerald Cyrus-1957

Ozier Muhammad-1950

Angel Franco-1951

Doug Menuez-1957

Magdalena Sole-1958

Ed Kashi-1957

Lynn Butler-1952

Damon Winter-1976

Todd Heisler-1972

Jeff Mermelstein – 1957

Zana Briski-1966

Mike Kamber-1963

Edward Keating-1951

– Claire Yaffa
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