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GERMANY - JULY 04: Reproduction made by the German camera manufacturer Leitz. Oskar Barnack (1879-1936) developed this, the prototype for the first small commercial Leica camera between 1912 and 1914, whilst he was head of the experimental department at Leitz. The camera was fitted with a helical focusing lens in a collapsible mount and a focal plane shutter of the roller blind type. Although Leitz had never produced cameras for the general market they had a considerable reputation for producing high quality optical instruments. The revolutionary Leica was eventually launched on the market in 1925. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

Celebrating 100 years of the Leica

January 28, 2013 | 1 Comments

As in all great periods of creativity, the invention of the Leica was one of several elements that came together to create the Picture Post legend....

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Photography Timeline

April 2, 2008 | 0 Comments

Nicely illustrated history of photography timeline at National Geographic website. I love the first natural-color photograph ever printed in National Geographic magazine (1914). A French cartoon about the popular rush to try photography after Louis...

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