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Luminous Landscape Founder Michael Reichmann Passes Away at 71

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Sad news in the photography industry today: 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 in a blog post.

“[Reichmann’s] passion for photography was matched only by his love of sharing that passion with readers around the world,” writes Raber.

A professional photographer of about 5 decades, Reichmann started Luminous Landscape 17 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 the Web. Nearly 2 decades later, Luminous Landscape has published over 5,000 articles and is now visited by over 1 million photographers every month.

During the last year of his life, Reichmann focused his outward efforts toward The Luminous Endowment, which provides financial grants to photographers around the world to foster current and anticipated projects.

“[Reichmann] started the Endowment knowing that this inevitable day would someday be here,” Raber says. “The Endowment is his way of helping photographers be able to do photographic projects and further their passion in photography.”

Raber says he’s now working to make sure the endowment lives on as a resource for photographers and that it continues to grow.

“Our passion for what we do is now stronger than ever,” he writes. “Our promise to Michael was to make sure his legacy lived on.”

You can make a donation to the endowment in Reichmann’s memory over on its website.

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