The Second Life of a Forgotten Historic Camera
Many friends of Leica and photography outside the German-speaking world have been waiting
for the English translation of this book on the history of a largely unknown Leica
prototype, made by Oskar Barnack in 1920/21.
Just as splendidly illustrated and designed as the printed edition, they can now enjoy an e-book of a heartfelt story about the uniqueness of this Barnack pattern, equipped with the Leitz=Anastigmat 1:3,5 F=50 mm designed by Professor Max Berek. Congratulations!
Günter Osterloh, Former Head of the Leica Academy
I have never read a story that described with such emotion the use of and associated
experiences with a camera.
Your book fascinated me so much that throughout the past two days I read it through every free hour. Your work really inspired me!
Claus Walter, Member of Leica Historica Society
When Dr. Günter Kisselbach found a relatively unknown Leica prototype, "Barnack's handmade prototype" in his father's Leica collection, the history of development of the 35mm camera from Wetzlar had long been written.
Fortunately, the wealth of established knowledge did not deter the photography enthusiast from finding out himself that substantial "blind spots" still existed in the source area of the Leica history. His fascinating report of his experience with the camera proves conclusively what this early personal model belonging to its inventor Oskar Barnack was capable of achieving.
An engineer at the Leitz company, in 1923 Oskar Barnack convinced his boss, Ernst Leitz II, to make a series of pre-production of 31 cameras. Presented at the Spring Fair of Leipzig in 1925 the camera that became famous as Leica I turned out to be a huge success and should change the world of photography forever.
The layout of the e-book "Barnack's First Leica" corresponds to the German edition "Barnacks erste Leica" (ISBN 978-3-89506-282-7). The e-book has been produced with the same high quality so that the photographs in particular can realize their full impact.
Dr. med. Hans-Günter Kisselbach was born in 1950, and is an ENT specialist living in Wetzlar. A member of the Leica Historica society for many years and the son of author Theo Kisselbach, he has been passionate about photography and the Leica from an early age.
His idea of testing a modern color film in "Barnack's first Leica" led to intensive activity with this camera, with which he became increasingly fascinated and which accompanied him over the next 4 years. This book is the result of his work.