photograph by Oskar Barnack, made with the Ur-Leica
Today would have been the 170th birthday of Ernst Leitz. It was his vision to hire Oskar Barnack against his reservations about coming to Wetzlar, and it was his vision that we have to thank for the Leica becoming a reality when against considerable arguments to the contrary, he said, “Barnacks Kamera wird gebaut (Barnack’s camera will be built).” In a statement today, Leica Camera said that “his influence and passion still shape our products today.” May he continue to do so.
For more on Ernst Leitz go to:
OSKAR BARNACK AND THE EARLY HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY