The Leica, Film, and Photography

In a recent article in the Guardian, Wim Wenders was talking about his recent exhibition showcasing his polaroids-and why photography is now over.

“It’s not just the meaning of the image that has changed – the act of looking does not have the same meaning. Now, it’s about showing, sending and maybe remembering. It is no longer essentially about the image. The image for me was always linked to the idea of uniqueness, to a frame and to composition. You produced something that was, in itself, a singular moment. As such, it had a certain sacredness. That whole notion is gone.”.

Certainly with the digital camera, the phone camera and social media there is a whole generation who may or may not be able to read a photograph? But film is alive and very much being embraced by the younger generation. Despite the many advances in the pixel world there is something about a wet print, toned and on the wall that the computer screen will never come close to matching.

The photograph above was taken with a 1930 Leica 1A, which was the first mass production model that became available to the public. This camera changed photography forever and was the camera that captured all the famous images of the 20th century. This model was used in the late 20’s and 30’s with various technical advances made going forward; a built in rangefinder, slow shutter speeds, the ability to change lenses.