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At Photokina this year, Leica introduced an incredible new book which assembles images representing the cultural phenomenon that is Leica Camera. This book, called Ninety Nine Years Leica, limited to less than 1,500 copies in North America, is now available for purchase at Dale Photo & Digital. The press release from Leica:

A company history, completely different:

Ninety-nine years and on the way to becoming a living legend. Throughout the history of photography, the name Leica is linked to ‘vision and innovation’. Leica has not only made significant contributions in technical terms, but has influenced the content of photography as we know it. The new book, ‘Ninety Nine Years Leica’ by the Hamburg publisher 99pages is a fitting opulent tribute to this fact. After reading through its 300 pages, it is impossible to overlook that Leica is truly different and continues to call the photographic and intellectual shots.

The book is neither a corporate chronology nor an album; it does not provide technical details, instructions nor statistics. It directs an emotional spotlight on 99 years of passion and enthusiasm for a small camera developed by Oskar Barnack in 1913/14. The book is not a tribute to the perfection of a product, but to the intensely emotive and legendary images that have been a part of our lives for almost a century.

Legendary cameras, inventors and innovators, great photographers and collages describe Leica and its undying passion for technical innovation and the art of capturing life and the world around us in pictures. In close collaboration with Leica, the multiple-award-winning publisher 99pages – under the creative direction of Ansgar Pudenz, Rainer Schillings and Till Schaffarczyk – has successfully combined images with informative, expressive texts. This anniversary edition is as unique as Leica itself.

‘Ninety Nine Years Leica’ was first shown at photokina 2012, and received rave reviews. In North America, fewer than 1500 english copies are available exclusively at Leica Stores, Boutiques and selected Leica Dealers. We are excited to offer you this book in time for the holidays, the perfect gift for any Leica enthusiast. Available for order now.

Ninety Nine Years Leica can be purchased online at Dale Photo & Digital for $130. This book makes an excellent holiday gift for the Leica enthusiast or anyone who can appreciate Leica’s impact on the history and legacy of photography.

A few sample pages from the book:

2 Responses

  1. silverprint

    This is a beautiful book with many great photographs. It is highly readable and does not mire the reader in endless detailed information but is still informative and makes for enjoyable and relaxing reading.

    The only disappointment to me was the omission of any mention of the MP, both the current production model and the limited run 1957 MP. I’m still scratching my head over that one.

    If anyone can shed some light on that oversight, please do.


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