Michael Reichmann has died
Michael in April 2014 at the press check for LensWork Monograph #3 — Mexico: The Light and the Warmth
News reached me late this afternoon that our friend Michael Reichmann has lost his long battle with cancer. He passed away last night surrounded by his family. He leaves a very large and empty space in the world of photography and in many of our hearts. Tributes are appearing in many photo sites on the web from friends Michael had all over the world. He had become a larger-than-life inspiration to so many through his Luminous-Landscape website. No doubt Kevin Raber will have large shoes to fill in Michael's absence, but he and Chris Sanderson will, I trust, carry Michael's vision very well into the future. Our thoughts are with Michael's family and friends tonight.
I could tell some fun stories about Michael and perhaps will one day. Tonight I am remembering his generosity and commitment to photography and what he wanted to do to help. Knowing his time was limited, Michael worked diligently over the last few years to establish the Luminous Endowment for Photographers to help photographers through a series of grants. I think it is a powerful testament to his character that in his final years he was more interested in helping other photographers than in promoting his own photography.
I interviewed Michael about the Endowment late last spring for LensWork #120. Tonight I can think of no better way to honor Michael's life and contributions to all of us than to call attention to his work in establishing the Endowment. Here is my interview with him, recorded 21 April 2015. Infectious, enthusiastic, inspiring, motivating — not a bad set of adjectives to describe a man battling cancer, fighting for his life, and so dedicated to serving his passion for photography. We've lost one of our greatest allies and champions this week and he truly will be missed.
Here are a couple of additional snapshots of Michael during the press check for his LensWork Monograph. In the next few days, I'll try to write the story of how this project came to be and my experiences working with Michael. Tonight, however, I want to just think about my friend and remember his laughter and how he touched our lives.