Leica M4 black paint 'John Dominis' *


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Product number: A00457
Starting Price €10,000
Estimate €20,000 – 24,000
serial number : 1266211
Condition : B/A
Manufacture Year : 1970
Leica M4 black paint 'John Dominis' *

An outstanding M4 black paint outfit, used and owned by the famous photographer John Dominis. The set includes a M4 black paint in very good working condition, a Super-Angulon 3.4/21mm no.2027643, sought-after 9-element Elmarit 2.8/28mm no.2197062 (cond. B/A, good optics, black paint infinity lock), Summilux 1.4/35mm no.2348201, Summicron 2/50mm no.1707324, black Leica-Meter MR, three viewfinders, and a bunch of accessories, everything in photographer's own Domke bag. This special lot also includes a John Loengard 'LIFE Photographers - What They Saw' book, signed by Dominis, and a photo book by Dominis 'Sinatra, An Intimate Portrait Of a Very Good Year', also signed. Other than that, also from the estate of John Dominis: two LIFE calenders for 1967 and 1968 featuring photos by the photographer and a special LIFE edition of large format prints from the series: 'The Great Cats of Africa' by Dominis. Provenance: family of the photographer.

Dominis (1921-2013) was an American documentary photographer and
photojournalist born in Los Angeles, California. His photographic journey began
during his high school years, where he covered local events for class
assignments under the mentorship of C.A. Bach.
serving in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, he embarked
on a remarkable career as a freelance photographer. He became widely recognized
for his work with LIFE magazine, spanning from 1950 until the magazine's
closure in 1972.
documented significant historical events, including the Korean War, the Laotian
conflict, the early years of the Vietnam War, and the Indonesian revolution.
His lens also captured the intensity of the civil rights movement, President
John F. Kennedy's travels, and the powerful moment when Tommie Smith and John
Carlos raised their fists during the 1968 Olympics.
In addition
to his photojournalistic work, Dominis covered five Olympic Games, Broadway
shows, and iconic entertainers like Frank Sinatra and John Wayne. He spent
extended periods in Africa, photographing wildlife and capturing the essence of
the continent. Later in his career, he served as an editor for Sports
Illustrated and published illustrated books featuring celebrities and Italian
cuisine photography.
Dominis passed away in New York City in 2013 at the age of 92, leaving behind a
lasting legacy of captivating images that chronicle the turbulent events and
cultural shifts of the 20th century.