We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. You can change this and find out more by following this link

The history of Leica

Discover the story behind Leica, one of the most famous names in the world of photography

Hannah Lewis / © Katie Wilson-Ells
Hannah Lewis,

The Leica – arguably the world’s most famous camera – was originally created in 1914 by German optical engineer Oskar Barnack, an employee of the Leitz factory in Wetzlar. The first still camera for the 35mm film format, the model revolutionised the world of photography, vastly increasing creative opportunities for photographers, who until then had been held back by cumbersome equipment. By 1925, the Leica was a leader in its field, and went on to capture some of the most famous images of the past century, including the iconic portrait of Cuban revolutionary Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.

To this day the name Leica is a mark of excellence in the world of photography, and each new release is at the forefront of design, technology and excellence. No camera enthusiast can resist the temptation of a Leica, and no collection should be without at least one.

Leica, Am Salzhaus 2, 60311 Frankfurt, +49 (0)69 920 7070



Travel Pack