100 years of Leica camera’s
I wonder how many of you remember the Leica R4 film camera? That was my first camera ever given to me by my Grandfather. I remember when I was younger, visiting my grandparents home and wondering why my grandfather would sneak away to his shed. I remember looking up at him and asking him what he was doing, in his thick Polish accent he asked me if ‘would I like to see some magic’ any young lad would say yes. In his shed was a darkroom obliviously, I did not know what one was and he put a negative in the enlarger and ran through the process, by this time I still didn’t understand the magic, he looked at me and said this is where the magic comes, he put a blank piece of paper from his enlarger into the developing liquid and said look closely. Before my eyes, I could see a faint glimpse of a tree coming onto the paper, it was magic, I must have said wow more times than I had said it in my life time.
Why am I writing this blog, well it’s Leica 100th Birthday today and thinking about my trusted Leica hung round my neck, while running down the street, with no damn film and other kids pouncing on me and taking my camera, I cried, for days, as it was the last present my grandfather gave to me before he died.
If Kodak, slogan was ‘We capture your memories forever’ Leica would be ‘Our camera captures memories forever’
Above Oskar Barnack, inventor of the Leica camera, 100 years ago. PR- source http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/aug/24/why-i-love-my-leica-john-naughton-photography-camera-technology-cartier-bresson