10 iconic photographs taken on Leica cameras

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

1920_Oskar Barnack_Flood in Wetzlar

Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1945


Jewgeni Chaldej, May 2nd 1945

Das Flaggenmotiv , zwei Uhren, schwache Rauchwolken, Reichstag, 1945

Marc Riboud, 1953

1953_Marc Riboud

Robert Lebeck, 1960
1960_Robert Lebeck

Ulrich Mack, 1964

1964_Ulrich Mack_Wildpferde

Thomas Hoepker, Muhammad Ali, Illinois, August 1966

Muhammad Ali

Nick Ut, 1972

1972_AP_Nick Ut

Gianni Berengo Gardin, 1977

1977_Gianni Berengo Gardin

Jeff Mermelstein, Sidewalk, 1995




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