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A Photographer’s Dream: A Leica Cafe Opens at The Songtsam Lodge Lhasa in Tibet

interior of the Leica Cafe at The Songtsam Lodge Lhasa

The award-winning luxury hotel group, Songtsam Hotels Resorts Tours in Tibet and Yunnan Provinces of China, and the world renowned Leica Akademie announced the official opening of the new Leica Cafe at the Songtsam Lodge Lhasa in Tibet. This initiative represents a continuation of the creative partnership between Songtsam and Leica.

Songtsam Founder & Chairman, Baima Duoji, originally a documentary filmmaker himself, said “One of the best ways to learn about Tibetan culture and explore the amazing natural beauty of Tibet and Yunnan, is through a camera lens. We are proud to continue our partnership with Leica to provide such a unique space for photographers, as well as non- photographers, to enjoy Leica Cafe’s unique collection of historic photographs as well as antique Leica cameras, and to provide photography buffs an opportunity to learn from Leica Akademie’s Master Photographers.”

The Leica Cafe is a photography enthusiast’s biggest dream and a great introduction and starting point to explore Tibet. This is the world’s first Leica collaboration space and boasts albums full of breathtaking photographs, vintage and antique Leica cameras, and unique historical images with remarkable stories behind them. For Leica and Songtsam this image space is unlike any other. The Leica Cafe is located in the foyer of the Songtsam Lodge Lhasa, a Tibetan-style building which integrates the architectural styles of palaces, temples, aristocratic residences and gardens. Every month the Cafe will hold photography lectures hosted by Leica’s master photographers. This will allow photography buffs a unique opportunity to learn from professionals how to apply these skills in the real world.

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