This is the moment.
Make it last.

Learn More

The Macallan Masters of Photography

Meeting Elliott Erwitt by Leica’s Robin Sinha

Leica Akademie Tutor, Robin Sinha shares his account of meeting Elliott Erwitt, the world’s most influential living photographer and reflects on his chance to capture his icon’s character...

 "On hearing Elliott Erwitt's name muttered in a conversation, my ears suddenly pricked up. It seems like a very long time ago that I first came across his work while studying for my photography degree. Back then, I never would have believed that one day I would be taking this iconic photographer's portrait. 

 News of Elliott Erwitt visiting the Leica Store Mayfair for a special event with The Macallan was met with huge excitement and disbelief: 'So Elliott Erwitt, the legendary Magnum photographer who worked alongside Henri Cartier-Bresson (often cited as the father of photojournalism), will ACTUALLY, PHYSICALLY be coming to the Leica Store Mayfair?!?'  Working as the Leica Mayfair Akademie Tutor, I was asked whether I would be available to take some photographs of the special event and perhaps take a portrait of Elliott himself. I didn't have to be asked twice! 

 On the day of the event, I arrived at the Akademie just after 2pm. There was already a queue of journalists forming at the door. Clara, a Leica colleague, whispered, "He's in there", pointing to the main Akademie room. I unsubtly shuffled past the door and, sure enough, Elliott was in there munching on some fruit. The team from The Macallan warned that he was rather tired after travelling from Paris, and that there may not be an opportunity to take a portrait. Remaining ever hopeful, the adjacent studio was set up. After Elliott had finished his interviews, he stood up, wrapped his scarf around his neck and started heading towards the door. My heart sank before one of The Macallan team swiftly asked, 'Would you mind posing for a couple of quick photos?’ to which Elliott replied, 'Sure, why not?!'. Elliott was in good spirits and was happy to see me using a Leica! I had chosen to shoot with the Leica S as its medium format qualities would ensure top-notch resolution. My one hope was that I could capture his sense of humour. 

 The evening event, held in the Leica Studio-S, featured a private view of Elliott's photographs shot for the 'Masters of Photography' project. I had been tasked with documenting the event while sporadically e-mailing off photos for live uploads. For this job, I opted to shoot with the Leica M, following in the footsteps of Elliott and Henri themselves! Its silent and discreet nature made it ideal for weaving through the crowd and picking off shots of guests enjoying The Macallan's exquisite refreshments. Towards the end of the night, I managed to have a few words with Elliott and he happily agreed to sign my book. A fantastic end to an unforgettable day. 

The Leica Akademie operates internationally offering a unique collection of educational workshops that inspire creativity and strengthen photographic skills. Open to photographers of all levels, you can choose one-on-one sessions or intimate group workshops. 

 Feeling inspired by Robin? Grab your camera, capture the character of your land and enter our Masters of Photography competition.  Why not reward yourself with ‘The Elliott’ cocktail? In a whisky tumbler simply stir in The Macallan Amber with 20ml of Bols Dry Orange and a dash of barrel aged bitters and enjoy.

In addition to the United Kingdom, Leica Akademies can be found in Australia, North America, Russia and Southeast Asia. Further locations will be announced soon.

For more information, please visit:

The Winners

The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Today we unveil the winners in our Masters of Photography comp. Discover the 3 winning images... http://t.co/uGahVdaDa7 #Erwitt

23 Apr 14
tweet thumbnail
The Macallan twitter avatar

Leica Camera AG

@leica_camera

RT @leica_camera: Discover the essence of Leica Camera photography on April 24: http://t.co/TYzS7k7p2W #LeicaT http://t.co/mHjr9HUMCP

17 Apr 14
tweet thumbnail
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Happy #Easter! Our 18 Years Old pairs perfectly with #chocolate, just like these @Compartes whisky infused truffles http://t.co/iOXc7SDVjg

20 Apr 14
tweet thumbnail
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Capture your dinner & dram using #dramfinefood for a chance to #win a signed Roca book! Here’s ours... http://t.co/tCtCV9Kvl9

16 Apr 14
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Discover the specially crafted dishes & unique whisky parings created for this year’s #WGS2014 via @danandesther http://t.co/VB4ysIEqrC

14 Apr 14
tweet thumbnail
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Thank you jeffreymbell for a 10am Old Fashioned with your delectable homemade honey syrup. http://t.co/mLKsNRm6Ry

11 Apr 14
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

#FilmFriday: Pour yourself a dram & discover Elliott #Erwitt & Bob Dalgarno explore cask no. 0010068: http://t.co/DLimc9pKeb

11 Apr 14
tweet thumbnail
The Macallan twitter avatar

Luxurylaunches

@luxurylaunches

RT @luxurylaunches: A match made in heaven - @The_Macallan partners with @CanRocaCeller for the ultimate dinner -http://t.co/QubYJiis5l htt…

08 Apr 14
tweet thumbnail
The Macallan twitter avatar

jordi roca fontane

@jordirocasan

RT @jordirocasan: With THE BOSS Bob Dalgamo, the Macallan whisky maker. http://t.co/ZGGufk1oKs

07 Apr 14
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Find out what happens when the worlds of whisky making and craft cuisine combine... http://t.co/XYN2t3ZlY6 #MacallanMasters

07 Apr 14
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Got a question for the Roca Brothers? Send us your questions using #MacallanMasters

07 Apr 14
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

The Roca Brothers invite you into their El Celler de Can Roca kitchen – watch the masters at work: http://t.co/BpdI84q4y5 #MacallanMasters

07 Apr 14
tweet thumbnail
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Our partner @CanRocaCeller will take #food pairing to a completely new whisky level #innovation #MacallanMasters http://t.co/fde4edY2Hx

07 Apr 14
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Today we unveil, The #MacallanMasters of Taste: a collaboration of 2 leading masters: @CanRocaCeller & @The_Macallan http://t.co/PgGjCWIzOz

07 Apr 14
tweet thumbnail
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

The home of the new Macallan collaboration. #macallanmasters http://t.co/YpzxyYcwEw

07 Apr 14

El Celler de Can Roca

The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Find out who has captured the aroma of The Macallan... Tomorrow, 7 April http://t.co/ziuu31jcuc

06 Apr 14
tweet thumbnail
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

The citrus notes delivered from a zesty lemon & warming cinnamon are essential in making our 18 Years Old http://t.co/J6Hqnzd7gK

05 Apr 14
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Masters of Photography star & @leica_camera advocate Elliott #Erwitt shares his photography tips via @mymodernmet http://t.co/Qspn2nc5z6

04 Apr 14
tweet thumbnail
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

How does fragrant, sweet and warm sound? These are the delicious flavours delivered by cinnamon... http://t.co/qlNXALwR6g

04 Apr 14

The Shortlist

The Macallan Attends SXSWi

Masters of Photography: Master Class

The Macallan’s characters captured continued...

The Macallan’s characters captured

The Straits Adventure

Meeting Elliott Erwitt by Leica’s Robin Sinha

Elliott Erwitt brings his Great Scottish Adventure to Mexico

Sean Lee-Davies captures the character of Hong Kong

Vladimir Vyatkin captures the character of Russia

The Macallan Masters of Photography: Elliott Erwitt Edition UK launch

The Macallan Masters of Photography: Elliott Erwitt Edition LA launch

The Macallan Masters of Photography: Elliott Erwitt Edition

Lalique 62

Introducing The Macallan in Lalique V: The Spiritual Home

The Macallan M Liquid

UK Launch of M Decanter

The Importance of Wood

The 1824 series unveiled

Joy Elliott: The Macallan Brand Ambassador

The Macallan Bond Bottle in Auction

Ken Grier on The Flask

The Flask Give Away

Introducing...The Flask

Patsie Christie: The Macallan Brand Ambassador

The Macallan