Dog Days

k-9, originally uploaded by junku-newcleus.

Larger here.

Today’s tag search was ‘leica’. Leica make beautiful cameras and lenses, and have been doing so for the best part of a century. The first portable (pocket-sized) camera was a Leica – released in 1925. Before then, cameras were very large instruments that were difficult to transport and impossible to use in the way that we use cameras today.

Since 1925, Leicas have been used by some of the world’s greatest photographers, including one of my all-time favourite photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson.  Cartier-Bresson once said that his Leica literally constitued the optical extension of his eye.  As far as I am aware, he never used anything else.

If you are already a Leica fan, or would simply like to know more about the Leica story, then I recommend taking 20 minutes out of your day to read this wonderful essay in the New Yorker by Anthony Lane. It’s a lovely piece of writing and it captures the essence of what Leica cameras are all about.

One Response to “Dog Days”

  1. Under my Umbrella « Picture Post Says:

    […] See this previous post if you want to read a wonderful essay about Leica cameras. […]

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