What is a Snapshot?

It’s what we call a photograph that appears to be made with little consideration for the tenants of imaging and principles of design. Voigtländer has a lens named after it. It’s usually proceeded by the word “quick.” What is really meant when we call something a “snapshot?” I started thinking about this because, when I […]

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Martyr’s Leica’s vs. Eckman’s Copies: Introduction

It’s totally unnecessary to write yet another article extolling the historical relevance of the early Barnack Leica cameras to photography.  After a century of influence, everyone knows the story of how Oskar Barnack, Ernst Leitz and Max Beret revolutionized photography with their tiny, intuitive 35mm cameras and lenses during the 1920’s and ’30’s. Perhaps a […]

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Tempered Indulgence, the Leica IIIc

Between the years of 1940 and 1951, the skilled craftspeople at the Leica factory in Wetzlar, Germany painstakingly hand-crafted and hand-assembled one hundred and thirty one thousand Model IIIc 35mm rangefinder type camera bodies. The vast majority of which featured no unusual markings, no rare customization.  Just many thousands of perfectly mass produced, boringly precise […]

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