Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Some might be wondering why we chose to incorporate Barnack and Berek into the name of this blog, so here is a brief explanation.

Many people are familiar with Oskar Barnack as the inventor of the Leica camera back in 1913 and even though it is far from us to take any credit from him, we feel that little mention is ever made of Professor Max Berek.  Yet without him the Leica would probably never have come into existence.  He designed the first lens for the preproduction Leicas and the success of that little camera played no small part in the decision of Ernst Leitz II to manufacture it.  “Die Kamera wird gebaut” (the camera will be built).

Even though Max Berek would have had little reason to design his lens without the farsightedness and genius of Oskar Barnack, it remains a fact that even we here at this Leica dedicated blog wouldn’t do what we are doing without those two men.

Therefore our small tribute to them in form of the Leica Barnack Berek Blog.  

     Oskar Barnack                                            Max Berek

1 comment:

  1. The Leica and cameras and photography in general certainly offer a lot of topics for discussion. But we must not forget the ultimate purpose of why we have cameras; to take pictures. For that reason I would like to start a weekly (or possibly daily) gallery of photographs. But I don’t want this to be a showcase for just my own work; to the contrary, I would like to encourage everyone to submit photographs for display on this blog. The copyright to the photographs will remain with the photographer and no pictures will ever be used for any other purpose unless permission is given by the copyright holder.
    No registration for this site is necessary. Just email any of the photographs to either of my email addresses at:

    info@gmpphoto.com or gmpphotography@msn.com

    If possible, please include the make and model of the camera (any camera, not just Leica) and any other information you deem important.

    It is my hope that this may become one of the most sought after topics of this blog.

    Thank you,

    Heinz Richter