“It is an illusion that pictures are made with the camera…
they are made with the eye, the hand and the heart.”
Made with Leica
A German camera made famous by a Frenchman, Henri-Cartier Bresson, the Leica captured the images of the most important moments in the history of the 20th Century.
Behind the pictures there are many stories that the people in front and behind the camera will tell to our viewers, not only of a legendary photographic tool but most important of the men and women behind some of the most iconic images in the history of the XXth Century.
The series begins with the story of the inventor of the Leica, Oskar Barnack, with the story Ernst Leitz and of his son, who took the decision to put the “Lilliput Camera” into production, and of Max Berek who invented the Elmar 3.5 5cm.
But our series will also focus (pun intended) on the less-well known men and women, like Erich Salomon, Walter Bosshard, Ilse Bing, Gerda Taro, David “Chim” Seymour, Julia Pirotte, Fred Stein or Dr. Paul Wolff and the more famous ones like Robert Capa or Henri Cartier-Bresson, who devoted their lives – and sometimes lost them – to capture the “decisive moments” in the history of the XXth Century.
The series will also tell the story of how Ernst Leitz II saved hundreds of Jewish families during WWII, of Hitler’s “Propagandekompanien” and of the photographers of the Lodz Ghetto, Henryk Ross and Mendel Grossman, as well as the unknown Jew who photographed the Crematorium in Auschwitz, probably with a Leica. The first season will end with the famous image of the kiss on Times Square by Alfred Eisenstaedt on V-Day.
TO BE CONTINUED…