Passion and Perfection: Oskar Barnack Exhibition

Barnack Ausstellung "Perfektion und Leidenschaft"

In an exhibition in the Stadt- und Industriemuseum Wetzlar, also open during Hessentag 2012, Leica Camera AG displays an exclusive selection of impressive photographs by Oskar Barnack. Among them are the first pictures ever made with a Leica as well as his remarkable series about the flood in Wetzlar that took place in 1920, regarded as the first photo reportage ever.

Oskar Barnack (1879-1936) created the world-famous brand with his creation Leica. Up until the present day, Leica cameras are a synonym for passion and perfection. Barnack himself loved taking photographs with his Leicas and did so frequently. Many of his pictures are among the best known of his time. They document how his invention Leica – small, robust, compact and fitted with an excellent optics – was the ideal tool to capture fleeing moments in a time marked by an ever accelerating pace. Thus, Oskar Barnack became the pioneer of small-format photography

Around 200 original negatives from of Oskar Barnack, inventor of the Leica, are still preserved in the archives of Leica Camera AG. Among them are numerous frames in which Barnack and his Leica captured quite diverse situations and scenes in Wetzlar – the city that still today commands worldwide reputation as “city of optics” thanks to Ernst Leitz, Oskar Barnack and many others.

The unique concept of this exhibition combines original photographs with animations and films and takes the visitor into a world of “magic moments’, into the world of Leica-Photography. Furthermore, visitors are given an exclusive preview into the new construction of the Leitz Park Wetzlar – and thus into the exciting upcoming future of the company. Never before have past, present and future of Leica Camera AG been shown in this form in an exhibition.

The exhibition’s location is the Stadt- und Industriemuseum, Lottestraße 8-10, 35578 Wetzlar. Doors are open from 26 May until 5 October 2012. Entrance is 3,- € for adults.