Trouble: once upon a time, i decided to go into a brazilian favela during the carnival... figured this was safe enough...night crowds hustle and bustle and lively celebration... suddenly a hard body bump... i was knocked to the side... a knife slashed the neck strap and camera gone...fast, slick.... well worn beat up leica....my favorite .....That's how he writes the whole time – a guy with no time to sit still.
one year later, i returned to the same favela to photograph some boxers....i came in daylight...i made friends with the local "top guy"..i brought him prints of his family....he saw me shooting with a leica....he said "do you always use a camera like that?"....i said "yes, i do"....he said "well, we "found" a camera like that last year during carnival"....i said "really...well, i would love to get that camera back".....three days later, without saying any more, the camera came back to me....with the film still inside!!! circumstances, always the circumstances..
Tuesday, 4 September 2007
Lost & found – the DAH way
If anyone would be likely to have a favourite beaten-up Leica stolen in a Brazilian favela – and returned by hoods a year later with the film still inside – I'd put my money on Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey. He explains what happened in this post –