Passion & Perfection for Creating Unique Images.
History can be written –or photographed. For more than 100 years now, famous photographers from around the world have been capturing once-in-a-life time moments with their Leica camera. Moments that remain unforgettable.
Leica is German engineering at its best, and the Leica ideal is an integral part of the culture of seeing. Leica has a long history of focusing on perception and has developed innovative instruments that offer a unique experience. The result is a renowned series of cameras and lenses, and a superb range of sport optics. These products expand the natural limits of perception and open up new dimensions for human vision and insight. Leica quality is in a class by itself –both in analogue and digital modes. Top-quality systems with intuitive controls provide the best picture results and offer unparalleled creative freedom. In this way, Leica helps transform vision into personal creative fulfilment.
Leica made photography a part of everyday life when they introduced the first 35mm camera, engineered by Oskar Barnack. Barnack revolutionised the way cameras are today. The inventor and photographer intended to create a compact camera and move away from the large box camera on a tripod which required photographers to put a dark cloth over their head. The Leicawas the first practical 35mm camera that used standard 35mm film, with the first consumer version being released at the Leipzig Fair in 1925. In the mid-to-late 20th century, the Leica was used by photography greats such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, and Sebastião Salgado, as well aswartime photojournalists such as Larry Burrows and Alfred Eisenstaedt.
From the iconic Leica M-System to the moment capturing instant Leica Sofort camera, Leica lets you experience photography in its purest form. Designed with a passion for perfection, Leica products are appreciated throughout the world by photographers who demand the finest quality, precision and reliability. Photographers covet the Leica Q, the brand’s first compact camera with a full-frame sensor and extremely fast lens which now has a brand new successor, the Leica Q2. A perfect combination of innovation and pristine performance, the Leica Q2 has gained a cult following.Renowned British reportage photographer, Greg Williams is never without his Q2,“The reason I use the Q2 is that it’s so light and I can carry it anywhere, the camera is literally an extension of me”.
Be a part of the Leica culture –the mission of the Leica Akademie is to increase the joys of photography, share knowledge and bring a complete Leica experience to a new generation of photographers. Akademie helps improve photo skills and expertise. Leica offers bespoke tuition, workshops for all levels of photography on several genresas well as masterclasses with some of the world’s most renowned photographers. Leica Akademie is just one of the many ways Leica engages with its community.
Leica Gallery London
The tradition of the Leica Galleries goes back to the 1970s, and today,they are found in many parts of the world, from São Paulo to Tokyo and now London. Situated in a brilliant location just steps away from Bond Street, Leica Gallery London-a cultural hub for those interested in seeing and creating exceptional photography. The gallery is a destination space for photography connoisseurs, enthusiasts and collectors providing both visual and educational stimulation. The gallery has exhibited the great likes of Ralph Gibson, Mark Cohen, Terry O’Neil and Joel Meyerowitz alongside fresh contemporary talents.The gallery is part of the renowned camera brand’s flagship store –at which customers can experience the full range of Leica cameras, sport optics and attend photography workshops through the Akademie programme –the gallery brings the world of Leica to life.