Object of Desire: Ninety Nine Years Leica

March 12, 2013

By Dan Havlik

Leica photographers are a devoted lot. They’re also devoted to following and collecting every last bit of memorabilia relating to Leica’s storied legacy. All of which is why Ninety Nine Years Leica, a new Leica-commissioned oral and photographic history, is such an ideal collector’s item for Leica-philes.

The 300-page book includes images of classic Leica cameras and photo products along with the stories behind some unforgettable images shot with Leica cameras, including Alfred Eisenstaedt’s iconic image of the sailor and the nurse kissing in Times Square at the end of World War II; and Nick Ut’s harrowing “Napalm Girl” photo from the Vietnam War.

According to Leica, the coffee-table-size book, which was written by Rainer Schillings under the creative direction of Ansgar Pudenz and Till Schaffarczyk, “sheds an emotional spotlight on 99 years of enthusiasm for a small camera developed by Oskar Barnack in 1913.” Other legendary Leica photographers covered in the book include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and Elliott Erwitt.

Ninety Nine Years Leica
debuted at the photokina 2012 trade show last September. Only 1,500 English-language copies of the book are being sold at select Leica stores, boutiques and dealers in North America. Locations include the Leica Store Washington DC, the Leica Store New York SoHo, the Leica Boutique at Samy’s Camera in Los Angeles, Adorama in New York City, Camera West in California, Houston Camera Exchange in Texas and many others. If you can’t find the book at any of those spots by the time you read this, there’s always eBay.

Price: $130