A PARTING GIFT, 2019
Bella’s Hacienda Ranch
Leica “Your Mark” Monochrom 246 / Leica Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6
Archival Print / 310gsm Platine Fibre Rag
30 X 45
When did you start using Leica?
I started using Leica’s in 2011 when I inherited my father-in-law’s pristine Leica M3.
What is your favorite camera?
It’s a toss-up between my Leica M10-Monochrom and my Leica SL2-S – but if I had to pick just one it would be the M10-M.
What is your favorite subject matter to shoot?
Portraits infused with dark, edgy, cinematic drama
What other Leica camera are you thinking of getting?
I have almost one of everything Leica has ever produced – except the new Leica M11-Monchrom.
How has Leica changed your life?
Leica camera’s force me to work harder to get my shot – which helps me raise my own personal bar of expectation and a better understanding of my craft. There’s also an incredible camaraderie shared with other Leica photographers unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before with other brands. Since becoming involved with Leica I have forged deep friendships with other like-minded artists and feel very much a part of a community.
A former member of the legendary ‘70s all-girl rock band The Runaways, Victory Tischler-Blue is an independent feature film producer, director and fine art photographer with a diverse career spanning various artistic mediums.
As a key member of the Runaways, Victory’s contributions to the band’s pioneering sound helped shape the landscape of rock music during the 70s and made a lasting impact on the music industry by kicking down the doors in a male-dominated field and paving the way for women in rock thus contributing to the band’s enduring legacy.
As a producer/director, Tischler-Blue has given rise to powerful documentaries including “EDGEPLAY: A film about the Runaways” which exposed the behind-the-scenes dysfunction and sexual abuse between the Runaways management and specific underage band members. The film caused an uproar within the entertainment industry and became one of the highest-rated rock documentary films to date.
Tischler-Blue is currently producing a long-term documentary film, book and still image series titled “WILD DOGS” that revolves around a traditional Nevada brothel, the individual stories of the women who work there and the culture that surrounds and supports both. The imagery is elegant, hard-core, and emotionally charged; all chronicling the day-to-day life of female sex workers who refer to themselves as “courtesans” – an old fashion euphemism for an elite prostitute, who through the art of refined sensual seduction, provides flesh and fantasy for the clients they serve.
Additionally, Victory is an accomplished wet plate collodion photographer whose dark and highly stylized tableaux evokes a deep sense of melancholy, tension, and cinematic drama. Her mastery of this unique and historic photographic technique demonstrates her commitment to preserving and reviving the art of capturing images on metal and glass plates. Through her lens, she reveals the beauty of vintage processes, by creating hauntingly captivating portraits and landscapes that transcend time and place.
Victory Tischler-Blue’s artistic journey is a testament to her unwavering commitment to creativity and her talent in seamlessly transitioning between the worlds of music, filmmaking, and photography. Her unique skills and experiences have left an indelible mark on the arts, making her a true renaissance artist of our time.