Get your favorite Leica photographer this limited-edition “Ninety Nine Years Leica” history book as a holiday gift


posted Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 5:51 PM EDT


Looking for a holiday gift for that special Leica photographer in your life, even if that photographer just so happens to be you? A new Leica-commissioned oral and photographic history book entitled "Ninety Nine Years Leica," has just gone on sale at select Leica stores, boutiques, and dealers in North America.

The 300-page book ($130) includes images of classic Leica cameras and photo products along with the stories behind some unforgettable images shot with Leica cameras including Alfred Eisenstaedt's iconic image of the sailor and the nurse kissing in Times Square at the end of World War II; and Nick Ut's harrowing Napalm Girl photo from the Vietnam War.

According to Leica, the new coffee-table-size book, which was written by Rainer Schillings under the creative direction of Ansgar Pudenz and Till Schaffarczyk, "sheds an emotional spotlight on 99 years of enthusiasm for a small camera developed by Oskar Barnack in 1913."

Other legendary Leica photographers covered in the book include Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Capa and Elliott Erwitt.
"Ninety Nine Years Leica” debuted at the photokina 2012 trade show last September. Only 1,500 English-language copies of the book will be sold in North America at locations including the Leica Store in Washington DC, the Leica Store in New York Soho, the Leica Boutique at Samy's Camera in Los Angeles, Adorama Camera in New York, Camera West in California, Houston Camera Exchange in Texas and many others.

Click this link to see the entire list of North American locations where you can buy the English-version of "Ninety Nine Years Leica ."

A German-language version of the book is also being sold on A few image spreads from the book are shown below.