It’s A Sad Day For Luminous-Landscape

May 19, 2016 ·

Kevin Raber


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It is with a very heavy heart that I must share sad news with our readers and the rest of the photographic community.  After an extended battle with cancer, the Founder of Luminous-Landscape, Michael Reichmann, has passed away.  He was surrounded by family and friends over the last few weeks.  He put up a valiant fight.  He passed late on May 18th at age 71.

I considered Michael to be a dear friend, as did many of you. I traveled and photographed with him to many corners of the globe.  His passion for photography was matched only by his love of sharing that passion with readers around the world.

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Luminous-Landscape was started 17 years ago with his good friend Chris Sanderson.  Together they made Luminous-Landscape one of the most respected websites for photographers.

For the last year Michael concentrated on his health and focused on growing the Luminous-Endowment.  He started the Endowment knowing that this inevitable day would someday be here.  The Endowment is his way of helping photographers be able to do photographic projects and further their passion in photography.

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Chris and I are committed to keeping Luminous-Landscape moving forward as a resource for photographers, as well as to growing the Endowment.  Our passion for what we do is now stronger than ever.  Our promise to Michael was to make sure his legacy lived on.

If you wish to make a donation in his memory then please do so at the Endowment site.  A small private service of close friends and family will be held late next week.  Chris and I plan to hold a Memorial for the photographic community in honor of Michael and we will announce those plans here in the future.

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For now, please remember Michael for his spirit and passion and as a man with a big heart, a huge smile and an amazing sense of humor.  I’ll leave you with the words that many of us heard time and time again; it kind of became his trademark saying, “There is no shot here.”

Please remember Michael the next time you aim your camera at a magnificent landscape and click the shutter.  I know each time I do I’ll be saying, ”This one is for you Michael”.  Rest assured he would make sure all of us are blessed with good light and great photos.

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If you wish to say something personal or send a message to the LuLa team or Michael’s family please email me at I’ll forward the messages to the family.  Thank you.

Donations to the Endowment can be made here.  Or if you wish you may send a check payable to The Luminous-Endowment at

Attn: Kevin Raber
9104 Ripon Ct
Indianapolis, IN 46268

Please include a short note with your name and address.

Many of us remember Michael as a very happy man with a great laugh and a wonderful sense of humor.  This was never more obvious than in a blooper video we did together about a year ago while Michael, Chris and I were in the Palouse doing a shoot.  This is true Michael and is one of the many ways I’ll remember him.


We close all our videos with a saying and I would like to close this with the same saying and direct it to Michael where ever he may be . . .

“We’ll See You On The Luminous-Landscape.”

Here is a small selection of images of Michael . . .

Kevin Raber
May 2016

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Photography is my passion and has been for 45 plus years. My career in photography has allowed me to travel the world, meet some of the most interesting people on the planet and see things I could never have dreamed of. My goal is to share the passion of pictures taking through photographs and teaching with as many people as I can hoping it brings them as much joy and happiness as it has me. I do this through Rockhopper Workshops and other projects as well as teaching at my Gallery in Indianapolis.

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