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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

LEICA NEWS







Looking for: Upcoming Masters of Photography

DGPh, PIV and Leica Camera AG

For an exhibition titled Upcoming Masters the German Photographic Society (DGPh) in cooperation with the Leica Camera AG and the (PIV) Photographic Industry Association, is looking for photographs by students which will be shown in an exhibition at Photokina from September  20 to 25 2016.

Ten selected universities can submit eight examples of their strongest work at Photokina 2016, the world's largest photography trade fair. The selection is made by a jury.  For the third time Leica Camera AG will present the Leica Gallery at Photokina.  The next generation of photographers will be presented for the first time alongside the established Masters of Photography under the title Upcoming Masters.

Applications by the universities must be submitted by June 13, 2016 online at http://www.dgph.de/sektionen/bildung/informationen.


Nobuyoshi Araki - Love by Leica

Leica Gallery Vienna

From May 27 to September 3, 2016 the Leica gallery in Vienna presents pictures of the famous Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki. Centerpiece of the exhibition is the series Love by Leica rfrom2006, an atmospheric collection of portraits of women and nudes in black and white, photographed by Araki with an analog Leica M7.   

Besides the nudes, the exhibition shows large-format color prints from the project Flowers and Jamorinsky (2005-2006), a continuation of a previous series of flower themes. The works tell of the withering of exotic flowers, of decay, and nostalgia.

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Love by Leica 2006 and Flowers and Jamorinsky
All photographs copyright Nabuyoshi Araki

Love by Leica (66 gelatin silver prints) is available as a series for sale, as well as the individual prints of the series Flowers and Jamorinsky. If interested, you can contact Judith Reisinger: reisinger@ostlicht.at


Leica Oskar Barnack Preis 2016

Leica is always good for a surprise.  They announced that after a relatively long time this year’s winners of the prestigious Oskar Barnack Prize will once again be awarded in Germany.  For many years this event took place at the Fotofestival Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie at the city of Arles in southern France.

The announcement of the winners will take place on September 28, 2016 in Berlin.  According to Leica, the award is deliberately returning to the roots of its name carrier near the birthplace of Oskar Barnack in Lynow.

The professional career of the inventor of the famous miniature camera, the "Ur-Leica" began in the capital of Germany.  It was here that Barnack went to the Giesendorfer school in Berlin.  The school is still in existence today.  In 1959 a nearby street was named “Barnackufer” (Barnack Shore) in honor of its famous student.

Approximately 3200 photographers from 108 countries entered this year’s competition, thus almost doubling the number of participants of last year’s competition, a new record.

The series of photographs of twelve finalists from the two categories "Leica Oskar Barnack Award" and "Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award" will be announced on June 15, 2016.  The jury members this year are: Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, Art Director Leica Galleries International in Salzburg, JH Engström, photographer and previous winner from Karlstad, Sweden, Christine Ollier, Art Director Galerie Filles du Calvaire, Paris, Chris Boot, Executive Director Aperture Foundation, New York and Lorenza Bravetta, Director Camera - Italian center for Photography in Turin.

As part of the photo contest "Leica Oskar Barnack Award” an audience prize will also be awarded.  The winner will be chosen via online voting on the website for online photo contests www.i-shot-it.com. The winner in this category will receive a cash prize of 2,500 euros. Among the participants of this competition Leica compact cameras will also be given away as prizes.


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Monday, May 30, 2016

A VIRTUALLY UNKNOWN PROTOTYPE OF THE LEICA






The development of the first Leica, from the onset with the original prototype, the Ur-Leica, to the first marketed Leica, the Leica I or Model A, including the preproduction models, called 0-Series cameras, has been thoroughly described time and time again.  However, one of these prototype versions  is virtually unknown.

This camera is thoroughly described in the Book “Barnacks Erste Leica” (Barnack’s First Leica), written by Dr. Günter Kisselbach.  I did get permission from Dr. Kisselbach to use some of the pictures from the book

It is a large, very well-illustrated book by the very personable Dr. Günter Kisselbach, an ear-nose-and-throat specialist in Wetzlar, who is the younger son of Theo Kisselbach, the former director of the original "Leica Schule" (Leica School).  Dr. Kisselbach’s older brother Wolfgang Kisselbach was the overall manager of the construction of the new factory buildings and museum at Leitz Park in Wetzlar.

The book is entitled "BARNACKS ERSTE LEICA" (“Barnack’s first Leica"), and it features a camera in great detail that is very similar to the 0-series camera with the same optical finder, except that it is all brass with brown leather covering and has a different flat dial between the viewfinder and the rewind knob for setting the slit width (in mm) of the focal plane shutter. Evidently Theo Kisselbach kept that camera when he retired and his son Günter inherited it.  He thoroughly studied it and had it disassembled and adapted for picture taking by expert repairman Ottmar Michaeli .  All of this is beautifully illustrated in the aforementioned book.

By "First Leica", Günter Kisselbach means Barnack's first practical camera (still not named 'Leica'!) after the Ur-Leica. On page 187 of that outstanding book there is a photo of "Prototyp Nr.3" in what is left of the Leica museum, which was plundered for sales when the company was about to go bankrupt. That camera has no lens mount, a folding, recessed open frame viewfinder frame on top and an exposure counter on the front of the camera. There is no rewind knob, and the accessory shoe is located where that knob would be.”

 
Barnacks Handmuster (Sample)

 

 

 

   
Top of 0-Series Leica for comparison

Since this camera is so very close to the 0-series cameras, one must assume that the so-called prototype Nr. 3 was made prior to it and I feel it is not wrong to refer to it as the second (not third) prototype.  However, since no date for this camera has ever been established, this is simply conjecture on my part.  What I can say with certainty at this point is that two other prototypes exist from the time prior to the 0-series cameras.

The development of the Leica from the Ur-Leica to the Leica 1

Ur-Leica from 1913



Socalled Leica Prototype 3

Special Leica Prototype owned by Theo Kisselbach

Leica 0-Series camera with folding viewfinder

Leica 0-Series camera with optical viewfinder

Laeica Model 1 or Model A
The first Leica marketed in 1925


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