Over thirty years ago, after studying documentary photography under Magnum photographer David Hurn, Paul bought his first Leica, an M2, from a fellow student.
In the tradition started by Life Magazine photographer, Larry Borrows, Paul had a silversmith engrave his name on the back. This was in 1982.
During the following four years the M2 accompanied Paul on magazine and newspaper assignments around the world. Eventually he sold the camera to a shop in Leeds, UK.
He never saw the camera again, and didn’t expect to…until the day after Christmas 2013. On that day he received a surprise email from the camera’s new owner.
A French photographer purchased the camera from a Spanish university lecturer living in Madrid. He became intrigued by the engraving on the back and did an online search for “P Salmon” and soon found Paul’s website.
Needless to say Paul was overjoyed at the unexpected reunion.
Maybe in his spare time Paul can backtrack the purchases to learn who else had owned the camera since he sold it in the 1980s.