Kurt Hutton • Getty Images

Monday, 1 September 2014

“The first three prototypes of the [Leica] were produced in late 1913 and early 1914. It was called the Ur-Leica (Lei from ‘Leitz’ and Ca from ‘camera’). It was astonishingly small, fitting comfortably into one’s hand, had a two-speed shutter, an automatic frame-counter and Berek’s f3.5 Elmar lens (which collapsed into itself when not in use, making the camera even more compact). It was a breathtaking, revolutionary device that would change photography for ever.” John Naughton