Leica 100th Anniversary Event in Wetzlar

When:   23 May 2014                 Weather 15C

Photos taken with Leica Hermes M9P. 50 Noctilux  and 28 summicron

Two years ago, I had stopped by in Wetzlar to visit the Leica factory and service centre in Solms….I was there in April 2012 and they had the ground breaking ceremony then at the yet to be constructed Leitzpark. The Solms facility was unimpressive, housed as it was in a warehouse like structure…

old Leica factory at Solms, 2012

old Leica factory at Solms, 2012

 

Giant Leica model in Solms facility...wonder what happened to it as I didn't see it in the new Leitzpark facility in Wetzlar

Giant Leica model in Solms facility…wonder what happened to it as I didn’t see it in the new Leitzpark facility in Wetzlar

So when the invitation came from Leica to join in the 100th anniversary event and opening of the new Leitzpark facility in Wetzlar, it was an invitation impossible to refuse…arriving in Wetzlar on the eve of the event, the wet weather didn’t dampen spirits of all the Leica aficionados at the hotel…everyone was toting a Leica M or T ….

Arriving at the brilliant new facility, we had plenty of time to walk around the photo gallery and see the factory line and the shop…where there were so many tempting goodies and most of us failed in keeping our wallets in our pockets…

The new Leica Factory, museum and gallery

The new Leica Factory, museum and gallery

 

Welcome sign

Welcome sign

Bust of Oskar Barnack, the inventor of 35mm photography

Bust of Oskar Barnack, the inventor of 35mm photography

This was an opportunity to meet the people behind Leica and also some celebrity photographers….

It was good to meet renowned lens designer Peter Karbe again

It was good to meet renowned lens designer Peter Karbe again

Interesting gentleman and artist from Japan

Interesting gentleman and artist from Japan

Andreas Kaufmann..the boss of Leica giving an interview to Singapore journalist

Andreas Kaufmann..the boss of Leica giving an interview to Singapore journalist

 

Andreas Kaufman in full flow

Andreas Kaufman in full flow

 

Remember this photo of the Napalm girl? It was taken by photographer Nick Ut...

Remember this photo of the Napalm girl? It was taken by photographer Nick Ut…

 

Nick Ut gracing the occasion..

Nick Ut gracing the occasion..

such a pleasure to meet Nick..such a softly spoken man

such a pleasure to meet Nick..such a softly spoken man

The official ceremony was held in  a crowded tent...

The official ceremony was held in a crowded tent…

 

speeches galore

speeches galore

I had gotten my Hermes M9P set a year or so ago....

I had gotten my Hermes M9P set a year or so ago….

But little did I know then that I would have the opportunity to meet with the people who had made this happen…..

The former chairman of Hermes and Andreas Kaufman, the boss of Leica

The former chairman of Hermes and Andreas Kaufman, the boss of Leica!

 

The museum was a delight with products over the ages

The museum was a delight with products over the ages

 

and of course the 100th anniversary commemorative set of MP, monochrome and 3 stainless steel summiluxes...

and of course the 100th anniversary commemorative set of MP, monochrome and 3 stainless steel summiluxes…

 

I had enough time to take a quick walk through the town to the spot where Oskar Barnack had shot the house picture with the first Ur Leica…

the house that Barnack first shot

the house that Barnack first shot

 

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Leica, a new plaque was embedded in the ground from where Oskar Barnack had taken his photograph…

commemorative plaque to show the spot from which the first 35mm photo was taken with a Leica

commemorative plaque to show the spot from which the first 35mm photo was taken with a Leica

 

And finally, a word of thanks to Sunil Kaul, boss of Leica Asia Pacific for making all this happen and fueling our love for this tool and this absorbing hobby!

sunil

sunil

 

 

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