There has been some very sad news today in the photography community: Michael Reichmann, the founder of the popular website Luminous Landscape, passed away yesterday at the age of 71 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Luminous Landscape publisher and CEO Kevin Raber announced the news today on the Luminous Landscape Website.
“Michaels passion for photography was matched only by his love of sharing that passion with readers around the world,” writes Raber.
A professional photographer for five decades, Michael started the Luminous Landscape seventeen years ago (back in 1999) after his friend suggested that he take some of the magazine articles he had written over the years and publish them on a Website. Nearly two decades later, Luminous Landscape has published over 5,000 articles and is now visited by over one million photographers every month.
During the last year of his life, Michael focused his outward efforts toward The Luminous Endowment, which provides financial grants to photographers around the world to foster current and anticipated projects.
I was fortunate to meet Michael many years ago when he was in Melbourne, Australia on a speaking engagement for Phase One Cameras and I am proud to include one of Michael’s prints from Antartica on my studio walls. Michael was a significant inspiration in my early days of Nature photography and I have continued to keenly follow his work over the years. The photography community lost an icon yesterday. Rest in Peace Michael.