I will always remember Les and Claudia as two who were always willing to share, whether it was photography knowledge, or recipes. Les especially helped me along in my endeavors behind the camera with his example of finding the joy in so many of the images he captured over the years, and most certainly during his and Claudia's time in Italy. My deepest condolences to the family and close friends of Les and Claudia Gediman. May their memories, and your memories of them live on forever.
Les was a very, very kind and thoughtful man who will not be forgotten. We had a shared interest in Italy, and Florence in particular, though there was some thirty years distance between the period when he lived there with Claudia and my own time. The wall of his photos on the Home page shows "Eyes left!", a photo situation he said he tracked along the street until the right moment came. He sent me a copy of this as a 'prize' in one of his entertaining quiz questions on Nelsonfoto, so it is now on my dining room wall. Adjacent to that is his shot of the little cobbler's shop, which I went to track down along the banks of the river Arno on a subsequent visit to Florence. As one might guess, sixty years on it was no longer a shop - but it was still there! The link is on Les' "lesged" Flickr pages. I still have a camera lens that Claudia had spotted in a junk store and Les sent to me. There was no special reason for the gift but he knew the Biotar was a lens I'd appreciate, and as a natural-born mentor Les could not pass up an opportunity to share.
Hi - I would like to correct my previous entry - looking back I see that Claudia made chicken marengo for us, not coq au vin. Lovely memories of both Lester and Claudia! Best, Reed
Formerly of Philadelphia, Boston, Colle d’val D’elsa Italia. First comment was oh, Lester! We first met in met Boston through Giovanni & antique camera collections!! What a wonderful man. Happy he is joined with his Claude.
Dear Gediman Family, Like others, I made my connection to Les and Claudia online initially, and was fortunate enough to meet them in person while on a business trip to Mass a few years ago. I can still remember the taste of a delicious chicken dish (coq au vin, perhaps?) that Claudia made for us. I also remember Les’ heartwarming anniversary poem for Claudia; they were so in love. We enjoyed our visit so much that we got together a second time before I returned home from the trip. I have to go and find the picture I took of Les doing his impression of Albert Einstein. Hilarious. I am so happy to have known them both. Meeting them enriched my life. Bon Voyage, Lester and Claudia! Reed
Graham Serretta Hertfordshire, UK Graham.firstname.lastname@example.org grahamserretta.co.uk It was my privilege to know Les and his wife Claudia and to call him "friend" for many years, although we never had the opportunity to meet in person. Les was one of the finest people I have ever known and was a gentleman to his fingertips. His loss will leave a great void in our lives. I think of him often and recall many conversations with him on line and via e-mail. I will cherish these memories. Among his other talents, Les was a gifted photographer and leaves a vast body of valuable work. Rest in peace, Les.
Addio carissimo Lester, tu e Claudia siete stati tra i più cari amici che abbiamo conosciuto nella nostra vita. Un abbraccio commosso da Giovanni , Anna , Nicolò, Gregorio e Irene
In 1968 I was in Guanajuato, Mexico, with a national folk group doing a tour while the Olympic Games took place. In Pipila monument I waited my turn to take a picture, while a nice American family with a tall, lean, greying man with a beautiful wife and nice blond children was shooting away with a reflex camera, a few meters apart. Many years later, exchanging posts in Nelsonfoto forum, I learned that it must have been Les and his family. So, in a way, I had the privilege of meeting Les. All of us who met Les online will dearly miss him - not only his photography was wonderful; he came across as a warm, caring person, often with the right advice, humor and an appropriate story. All the best to his family, and be assured that Les will live in our memories.
I am sorry for your loss. I never met him, but his work is beautiful. The world has lost an artist.
I'm sorry for your loss. I only knew Les online. The photos in the album on this site are wonderful!
I am saddened to hear of Les's passing, simultaneously celebrating the long, rich, life he enjoyed. Les and I connected during my late wife's illness through our mutual love of photography. Looking at all the photographs displayed here I can totally agree: he was a Renaissance man. His images are full of life, humor, and humanity, and that legacy merits more recognition than it has received so far. We lost touch through the years, all my fault, but I never forgot him, his erudition and his love of Italian which he spoke like a native. May God keep this good man and Claudia, his wife, whom he loved with tenderness and delight for their shared life.
Dear Dan, Thank you for the notice. Our family is so sorry to hear about both of your parent’s passing. May they Rest In Peace. Thank you for the beautiful memorial website. Les’ photographs bring back so many memories of my childhood in Florence and Rome. Our parents were good friends. I’m also so grateful that Les sent me a few photos of my mother, also a photographer, a few years ago. He lived a rich life. Our condolences to his family.
Dear Family of Claudia and Les. We are very sorry for your loss. Many years ago, I took my wife and two daughters on a drive to meet up with Claudia and Les in their home in Florida. It was a wonderful gathering. It was a privilege to meet with such fine individuals as Claudia and Les. I got to know Les first via a photography website where we shared our love for photography. May Claudia and Les rest in peace.