Following in the footsteps of the original German Akademie dating back to 1934, the Leica Akademie UK offers a collection of workshops that aims to inspire a new generation of photographers and help capture the ‘decisive moment’ through a Leica lens.
A premier learning resource for Leica users, Leica Akademie UK workshops are open to entry-level photographers as well as those more experienced. (more info)
Leica Camera AG is a partner of Photo Shanghai art fair
Leica Camera AG will be represented at Photo Shanghai in China for the first time. Last year, the international art fair, which focuses on fine art photography, celebrated its première. Because of the resounding success, it will return to the Chinese metropolis from 11 to 13 September 2015. In the Shanghai Exhibition Centre (SEC), under the theme “China through the Leica lens”, Leica will present historical aerial photographs of China captured by the Count of Castell-Rüdenhausen in the 1930s, contemporary images of Chinese landscapes by HG Esch, and a personal documentation of China entitled “Traces of Humanity” by up-and-coming photographer Jing Huang.
Approximately 80 years ago, German aviation pioneer Wulf-Diether Count of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1905–1980) was the first European to document China from a bird’s-eye view. He gave viewers a better understanding of the imposing mountain ranges of the Himalayas, the orderly chaos of boats on the Yangtze River, and the austere geometry of the Forbidden City. To a large extent, the China of the 1930s that the Count documented from his aeroplane with a Leica camera no longer exists.
Following Photo Shanghai, the exhibition will be shown in other Chinese museums and galleries to commemorate this period of Chinese history. Leica Camera AG will subsequently donate the works to the “National Library of China” in Beijing.
Allowing viewers to compare now and then, these photographs are exhibited alongside contemporary images by renowned architectural photographer Hans-Georg Esch. The contrast between the two bodies of work reveals the extreme transformation of China. Esch’s large-format photographs, which were taken with the Leica S pro camera and the help of a drone, show aerial views of China’s current boom cities. Esch was able to successfully photograph some of the landscapes captured by Castell-Rüdenhausen in the 1930s, offering viewers the opportunity to see how the landscape has changed over time. (read more)
Leica Camera announces partnership with Goodwood Revival
Every September, motor sport fans come from far and wide to the Goodwood Revival, the legendary classic car event – an action-packed weekend of historic motor racing, period theatre, music and more.
The three-day event in Chichester, West Sussex UK, centres around the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit, which was originally in use from 1948 to 1966. Taking its cue from the style of this era, Goodwood Revival began in 1998 – and features sports cars, motorbikes and aeroplanes from the 40s, 50s and 60s. Visitors to this unique event also celebrate a magical step back in time and most will come dressed for the occasion in stunning, authentic outfits from the era. The owner and organiser of this historical event is internationally-acclaimed photographer and Leica fan, Lord March.
For the second year running Leica Camera is partnering with the Goodwood Revival from 11–13 September 2015. From an array of historic equipment on display to the iconic M-System and cutting-edge binoculars, visitors are invited to meet the team at the Leica ‘shop’ on Brooklands Lawn and discover the legendary event through the Leica lens. The Leica ‘shop’ will also feature a vintage-style photo studio, where visitors will have the opportunity to be photographed in their flamboyant outfits by a professional Leica photographer. The photo studio will be open throughout the event from 10.30 am to 7.00 pm. Leica cameras and binoculars from the current range will also be available to try out and purchase. (read more)