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100 years of Leica photography

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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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