Oskar Barnack, Cologne - Bad Ems, 1914

Oskar Barnack, Cologne - Bad Ems, 1914

Right after the completion of his “Lilliput Camera”(e.g. Ur-Leica) in 1914, Oskar Barnack began to photograph with it extensively. Topics included his family in the garden, the city of Wetzlar and even some views from a Zeppelin. Two of the most well-known of these images depicts the Rhine Bridge in Cologne looking west, the other shows August Bauer using Barnack’s film camera in Bad Ems in 1914. This cinema camera was heavily damaged during World War I, but was restored subsequently and is part of the Leica Factory Museum today. The negatives of the photographs are also held by Leica Camera; the prints were originally part of Oskar Barnack’s estate and later that of his daughter Hanna.

Pictured: Barnack using his motion picture camera prototype.

Photo credit: © WestLicht Photographica Auction