Oskar Barnack: From the Idea to the Leica

Apr 12, 2018  By Richard Rejino

In 2015, the LHSA Board approved a project to translate, publish and sell the English edition of Ulf Richter’s excellent book: Oskar Barnack – From the Idea to the Leica. The book is now available to LHSA members as part of LHSA’s 50th Anniversary celebration. In addition to the Standard Edition, there is also a Limited Edition (see below). The German Edition published in 2009 has been well received and sold 1000 copies. ­

Limited Edition: The Limited Edition consists of 100 numbered copies. A special page contains a previously unpublished photograph of Oskar Barnack, suitable for framing, donated by Rolf Fricke with the story behind the picture. In addition, the author Ulf Richter and translator Rolf Fricke have personally signed each copy.

Ulf Richter spent years assembling the material to allow him to write this outstanding book on the life of Oskar Barnack and the development of The Camera that Revolutionized Photography. The book contains many photographs of the early Leica cameras, pictures associated with Barnack’s life, illustrations from Barnack’s workbooks, and detail drawings of the camera mechanisms. The Appendix contains copies of selected patents and an extended selection of references. An interesting fact is that the Lecia M10 is essentially the same size as the Leica I (A).

This book will make a fine addition to the library of any Leica owner, historian or any photography enthusiast. 


Richard Rejino
Richard is the Executive Director of LHSA - The International Leica Society and a part-time professional photographer. He is also a classically trained pianist, writer and published author. His book, "What Music Means to Me" is available from Hal Leonard Corporation.


Hi Richard,

Thank you for your e-mail advising that I did not select a shipping method.
This e-mail takes care of that oversight.
I presume in doing this I did not have to indicate an order for the Book since my American Express Card has already been charged for the price of the book.
Just as an observation, most online ordering would not allow completion of the order if shipping selection was left out, don’t know if you can fix this on your web page.

Best regards,

Similar issue to the above. As a non-USA resident, I expected to be charged shipping cost but was not taken to a shipping page.

I erred in that I paid for the book and the shipping in two separate credit card payments. Too excited about getting the book, I guess. Hope this does not mess up your records/method.

Thanks 🙂 So the regular it is!

Hopefully you can help me as I’m ready to throw this camera in the garbage!!!!
Unfortunately my deceased fiancé left me with a Leica camera #878 643, Also lenses. I find no other instructions for this camera which looks like it is in excellent shape. Attached to the strap is also a small lens in another leather case that just says ” E LEITZ WETZLAR GERMANY.” I must sell these items. I have gone on E Bay and find myself overwhelmed with Leica cameras and the prices that are attached to these cameras. I don’t intend to get rich on this camera but would like to sell it for a fair market value. So I’m asking…can you help me in giving me a valuation on this camera? Also as mentioned previously in this email the lenses that at the moment I don’t have at my desk. Anything that you can help me with would be so greatly appreciated.

stephanie, hi

have you sold your Leica camera?


Is the book still available to purchase?

Don’t want to enter card details if not!


Hi there, Is the limited edition book still available? I ordered the book, but I don’t know if it was the Limited edition.



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