The BBC hosts a small film about Leica and its cult status.
In 1914 optical engineer Oskar Barnack was working for Ernst Leitz when he designed the very first Leica, the Leitz Camera, or so-called Ur-Leica. The small handheld camera, one of the first to use 35mm film, finally went into production in 1925 following a long delay caused by World War One. It went on to revolutionise photography in the hands of the first photojournalists who set out to record the world on the brink of change.
Click here to read more and watch the film.
And if you want to own a piece of Leica history today, phone your Swiss bank manager, have him sit down with a stiff drink, as you tell them you’re about to bid on history in an auction of Leica photographic equipment. Click here to find out more.