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100 years of Leica photography


In 1914, Oskar Barnack, an employee at the Wetzlar optical factory in Germany, built the first Leica. The Leitz was the first small format camera, using 35mm film to produce a 24x36mm images. Leica Camera AG still holds the original version of this “ur-Leica,” as well as the negatives and prints of its first photographs, for example, those taken by the entrepreneur Ernst Leitz during a trip to the United States in 1914.

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