This year marks the 100th anniversary of Leica, the manufacturers of the beautiful cameras that can lay claim to having taken some of the most iconic images of the last century. Oskar Barnack produced the very first ‘Leitz’ camera in 1914 and gave birth to 35mm photography. Few brands have had such an effect on the history of photography as Leica, in the mid-to-late 20th century they became the most widely used ‘street photography’ cameras and have been used by, among others, Henri Cartier-Bresson, the “father of photojournalism”. To celebrate their centenary we’ve rounded up the Leica photos that have shaped the world we live in today.
Oskar Barnack ‘Flood in Wetzlar’ 1920
Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1945
Jewgeni Chaldej, May 2nd 1945
Marc Riboud, 1953
Robert Lebeck, 1960,
Ulrich Mack, 1964
Thomas Hoepker, Muhammad Ali, Illinois, August 1966
Nick Ut, 1972
Gianni Berengo Gardin, 1977
Jeff Mermelstein, Sidewalk, 1995
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