Leica, the quintessential street photography camera, began development in a small German town the early 1900s, but wasn’t released to market until 1925. Arguably more than any other, the Leica camera has shaped the way we see the twentieth century. And probably the greatest exponent of the Leica is French photojournalist, Henri Cartier-Bresson. Cartier-Bresson famously buried his Leica in a field in France during WWII, retrieving it in 1943 after having spent 35 months in a German prisoner or war camp. Pre Leica, photojournalism was hindered by the size of the cameras resulting in staid and formal imagery. Leica changed all that. In the words of an advertisement for the Series 3 Leica in 1956; by purchasing one of these cameras, you were buying into a “lifetime investment in perfect photography."
Michael Bradfield has produced a series of highly detailed photographs of 20th Century film cameras reflecting his commercial still life work. They are beautifully lit in his studio and then deep etched for printing, to best show the classic design elements of these historic analogue cameras. All the wear and tear of these cameras are celebrated with revealing lighting. Isolating the subject on a pure white background gives these iconic cameras the status they deserve.
For the limited edition inkjet print on A2 we use Canson Rag Photographique. 100% Cotton Rag. Acid Free certified to avoid paper degradation. Designed to meet galleries and museum longevity requirements and respect the ISO 9706 standard.
The A3 and A4 inkjet prints are presented on photo-quality paper – smooth, white, opaque, with high uniformity and ISO9706 certification for longevity.