Granada | Carrera del Darro

Posted: April 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Flamenco, Leica, Spain

Carrera del Darro, Granada, Spain © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Carrera del Darro, Granada, Spain © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Carrera del Darro, Granada, Spain © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Carrera del Darro, Granada, Spain © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Carrera del Darro, Granada, Spain © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Carrera del Darro, Granada, Spain © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Carrera del Darro, Granada, Spain © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Carrera del Darro, Granada, Spain © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X


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Granada | Jesus & Manuel Bellido

Posted: April 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Flamenco, Leica, Spain

Manuel & Jesus Bellido, Granada, Spain © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Manuel & Jesus Bellido, Granada, Spain © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Torres Style Bracing, Jesus Bellido, Granada, Spain © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Torres Style Bracing, Jesus Bellido, Granada, Spain © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Manuel Bellido, Granada, Spain © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Manuel Bellido, Granada, Spain © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Jesus Bellido, Granada, Spain © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Jesus Bellido, Granada, Spain © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X


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Hans Silvester | Tsiganes et Gitans

Posted: January 7th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Photography

LE GUITARISTE MANITAS DE PLATA VERS 1970 © Hans Silvester, Tsiganes et Gitans

LE GUITARISTE MANITAS DE PLATA VERS 1970 © Hans Silvester, Tsiganes et Gitans

FRANCE, SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-MERLE © Hans Silvester, Tsiganes et Gitans

FRANCE, SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-MERLE © Hans Silvester, Tsiganes et Gitans

FRANCE, SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-MER FRANCE, SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-MER © Hans Silvester, Tsiganes et Gitans

FRANCE, SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-MER FRANCE, SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-MER © Hans Silvester, Tsiganes et Gitans

FRANCE, SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-ME R© Hans Silvester, Tsiganes et Gitans

FRANCE, SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-ME R© Hans Silvester, Tsiganes et Gitans

FRANCE, SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-MER © Hans Silvester, Tsiganes et Gitans

FRANCE, SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-MER © Hans Silvester, Tsiganes et Gitans

FRANCE, SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-MER © Hans Silvester, Tsiganes et Gitans

FRANCE, SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-MER © Hans Silvester, Tsiganes et Gitans

FRANCE, SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-MER © Hans Silvester, Tsiganes et Gitans

FRANCE, SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-MER © Hans Silvester, Tsiganes et Gitans

FRANCE, SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-MER © Hans Silvester, Tsiganes et Gitans

FRANCE, SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-MER © Hans Silvester, Tsiganes et Gitans

GITANS PENDANT LES VENDANGES © Hans Silvester, Tsiganes et Gitans

GITANS PENDANT LES VENDANGES © Hans Silvester, Tsiganes et Gitans

FRANCE, SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-MER © Hans Silvester, Tsiganes et Gitans

FRANCE, SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-MER © Hans Silvester, Tsiganes et Gitans


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West Village | Music Inn

Posted: December 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Leica, New York City

Andy at the Music Inn, West Village © Doug Kim, Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Andy at the Music Inn, West Village © Doug Kim, Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Andy at the Music Inn, West Village © Doug Kim, Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Andy at the Music Inn, West Village © Doug Kim, Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Andy at the Music Inn, West Village © Doug Kim, Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Andy at the Music Inn, West Village © Doug Kim, Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X


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Los Angeles | Armand

Posted: May 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Leica, Los Angeles

Armand Arnazzi at German Vazquez Rubio’s Taller in West Adams. Visit German’s site to view his amazing guitars.

Armand Arnazzi, Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Armand Arnazzi, Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Armand Arnazzi, Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Armand Arnazzi, Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X


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Los Angeles | German Vasquez Rubio

Posted: February 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Leica, Los Angeles

German Vasquez Rubio; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

German Vasquez Rubio; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

German Vasquez Rubio; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

German Vasquez Rubio; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

German Vasquez Rubio; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

German Vasquez Rubio; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

German Vasquez Rubio; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

German Vasquez Rubio; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim


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Midtown | Luthier Music Corporation

Posted: February 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Flamenco, New York City, Nikon

The cathedral of cypress, ebony, spruce, cedar and rosewood in Midtown.

Luthier Music Corporation, Midtown; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Luthier Music Corporation, Midtown; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim


Luthier Music Corporation, Midtown; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Luthier Music Corporation, Midtown; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim


Luthier Music Corporation, Midtown; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Luthier Music Corporation, Midtown; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim


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Brooklyn | RetroFret

Posted: January 27th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Flamenco, New York City, Nikon

An amazing and dangerous place to visit is RetroFret in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. A used and vintage collection of stringed instruments, RetroFret is a museum, a retail space, a place to learn and an occasion to silently crunch numbers in your head in the corner as you figure out if you can really afford the five string handmade banjo that is cradled in your hands like a newborn.

Guitars, mandolins, banjos, electrics, flamenco, classical, violins, ukes, amps; they have it all. I learned so much in my hour long visit about the history of some instruments and was able to play a lap steel solid body Gibson, the first electric guitar.

Call and make an appointment today and leave your credit cards behind. They also offer repairs on guitars, violins and your church’s organ.

Retrofret, Gowanus, Brooklyn; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Retrofret, Gowanus, Brooklyn; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Retrofret, Gowanus, Brooklyn; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Retrofret, Gowanus, Brooklyn; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Retrofret, Gowanus, Brooklyn; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Retrofret, Gowanus, Brooklyn; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Retrofret, Gowanus, Brooklyn; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Retrofret, Gowanus, Brooklyn; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

This was an early 70′s Ramirez, a flamenco blanca. I have played numerous Ramirez flamencos and as is true with this famous maker, you have to really search for the authentic gems amid all of their clunkers. All of the previous Ramirez’s in my hands were incredibly heavy and dead with a thick and boomy sound, so deep and ponderous.

The one pictured below was a dream. It had a rich, throaty and deep voice, sonorous and woody and dark. Playability was a dream and the guitar was incredibly light and responsive. We were putting the guitar down on the workbench to get the dental mirrors out to identify the particular luthier at Ramirez that had created this one.

I can still hear this blanca. And I did not buy it.

Retrofret, Gowanus, Brooklyn; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Retrofret, Gowanus, Brooklyn; Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim


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New Orleans | Decatur Street

Posted: January 11th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Leica

Cafe Envie, Decatur St, New Orleans; Leica MP 0.58 TTL, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X 400 © Doug Kim

Cafe Envie, Decatur St, New Orleans; Leica MP 0.58 TTL, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X 400 © Doug Kim


Dobro, Decatur St, New Orleans; Leica MP 0.58 TTL, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X 400 © Doug Kim

Dobro, Decatur St, New Orleans; Leica MP 0.58 TTL, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X 400 © Doug Kim


Cooyon, Decatur St, New Orleans; Leica MP 0.58 TTL, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X 400 © Doug Kim

Cooyon, Decatur St, New Orleans; Leica MP 0.58 TTL, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X 400 © Doug Kim


Tailgaters, Decatur St, New Orleans; Leica MP 0.58 TTL, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X 400 © Doug Kim

Tailgaters, Decatur St, New Orleans; Leica MP 0.58 TTL, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X 400 © Doug Kim


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Conde Hermanos AF25/R Maple

Posted: September 7th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Flamenco, Los Angeles, New York City

I have been fortunate enough to have lived by the two best retail stores for classical and flamenco guitars in the States: Guitar Salon International in Los Angeles and Luthier Music Corporation in New York City. This has enabled me on occasion to be able to play guitars by renowned makers, guitars that cost well over ten grand which I would not be able to access much less afford.

You cannot exactly browse your way through either collection, but be friendly and forthright and those back doors will open for you.

The guitars of Conde Hermanos stir such debate among flamenco players. They are ubiquitous among the top performers in the world, including of course, Paco de Lucia’s famous Conde negra from the Gravina 7 workshop (its origin is still open to debate by the serious Paco fans). The quality of  Condes are inconsistent which most players will readily admit. There are absolutely great ones out there and then there are the dead ones. I’ve played a few in shops and most of them were the dead ones.

One Conde I played was at Luthier’s in New York a few years ago, and it was unbelievable. It was the AF25/R model, which means that it is a spruce top guitar with maple for the back and sides. Supposedly it is a cross between a negra and a blanca; a bit of growl and a bit of longer sweeter sustain. I don’t know about all that but my God, that was a guitar. Lyrical and raunchy and so easy to play that I could do no wrong on it.

Anyways, that specific guitar is long gone. I was not about to fork over ten grand regardless but I can still hear exactly how that Conde sounded.

Here are pics from an AF25/R currently on sale at GSI. They take such great photos of their guitars. I don’t know if this one is one of the greats or a clunker, but fuck, she looks good. Click here to visit their site and view more information on this particular beauty. Ask for Dave Tate who is a great guy and will answer all your questions and even play falsetas for you if you’re nice.

If you decide to buy it for me, I guarantee you I will play it and immediately put a ding in it.

Yup.

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