Leica Prototype sets the Most Expensive camera record.

Leica Prototype sets the Most Expensive camera record.

Leica prototype sets new world record: Leica 0-series no.105 sold for € 14.4 million

The serial production of the Leitz Camera, or Leica for short, the world’s first 35mm camera, is considered a milestone of modern photography. Before the first cameras were available in the mid-1920s, Ernst Leitz produced around 23 models of the prototype 0 series in 1923 and 1924. One of these rare cameras – the 0-series no. 105 – has now been sold at the 40th Leitz Photographica Auction for a price of € 14.4 million including buyers premium. The 105 has thus broken the world record for the most expensive camera of all times.
The Leitz Photographica Auction, which takes place twice a year, is considered to be the world’s largest and most renowned auction for vintage cameras and other optical equipment. To commemorate the auction house’s 20th anniversary and the 40th rendition of the auction, a truly exceptional exhibit was up for auction on 11th June at Leitz-Park in Wetzlar (Germany): The Leica 0 series no.105. This nearly 100-year-old camera is one of the world’s first 35 mm cameras ever made and has a prominent previous owner. Number 105 belonged to Oskar Barnack, who had designed the “Liliput camera” shortly before the First World War. It was the prototype of the Leica and thus also the prototype of the 35 mm camera per se. Barnack captured numerous motifs from his family life with the 0 series No.105. He used the experience he gained in the process in the further development of the camera and its subsequent models. Barnack’s name is engraved on the top of the viewfinder of no.105.0-series claims yet another world record The historical significance of the camera and its direct connection to Barnack were reflected in its pre-determined estimate of 2,000,000 to 3,000,000 euros. “To put these numbers into perspective: The most expensive camera in the world to date – also a 0-series, serial number 122 – was sold at the 32nd Leitz Photographica Auction in 2018 for 2.4 million euros including buyers premium,1 ” said Alexander Sedlak, Managing Director of Leica Camera Classics, an Austrian subsidiary of Leica Camera AG. Leitz Photographica Auction operates under the umbrella of Leica Camera Classics. “We are fully specialised in historical cameras and accessories. It was therefore a special pleasure for us to be able to auction Oskar Barnack’s personal camera, a prototype of the camera generation that laid the foundation for modern photography in the mid-1920s, as part of our anniversary auction,” said Sedlak. The intangible value – the historical significance – of 0 series no.105 goes far beyond the sum of € 14.4 million for which this camera was ultimately sold. Nevertheless, the world record sum proves the continuous trend of the last few years: “The prices are rising – the interest in vintage cameras is greater than ever before.

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uatrième édition du Prix Swiss Life à 4 mains, 2020-2021. Une rencontre inédite entre photographie et musique 

 

Soutien actif de la création artistique depuis plus de 10 ans, la Fondation Swiss Life a créé en 2014 son Prix Swiss Life à 4 mains – photographie et musique. Il est depuis ses débuts accompagné par Chantal Nedjib, de l’image par l’image. Destiné à révéler ou valoriser des talents, ce prix artistique, l’unique Prix photographie et musique en France, récompense un projet de création croisée et originale d’un photographe et d’un compositeur. Avec cette 4ème édition, la Fondation Swiss Life a choisi de réinventer son Prix et de continuer à décloisonner les disciplines.  

Une édition plus ouverte avec de nombreuses nouveautés 

Avec cette quatrième édition, la Fondation Swiss Life a souhaité ouvrir la sélection des artistes au niveau national et faire vivre le Prix sur deux ans. « Notre objectif : que le grand public et les collaborateurs Swiss Life puissent s’approprier l’œuvre, avec un choix de lieux diversifié à Paris et en région comme des salons, musées, galeries… » souligne Nathalie Martin, déléguée générale de la Fondation Swiss Life.   

Les principales nouveautés de cette édition 2020-2021 : 

  • Appel à candidatures national en ligne à des binômes photographe / compositeur déjà constitués, lancé pendant les Rencontres d’Arles 2019.
  • Un soutien continu par des conseillers artistiques photographie et musique de renom : Emilia Genuardi et Elsa Janssen, directrices du salon a ppr oc he, pour la photographie ; Olivier Bouley, fondateur des Pianissimes, pour la musique.
  • Valorisation de l’œuvre commune et des artistes sur 2020 et 2021 dans des institutions et galeries partout en France. Chaque exposition sera unique et montrera des œuvres différentes, car le projet est modulable et adaptable.
    • 13 au 15 Novembre 2020 : révélation de l’œuvre au salon a ppr oc he, sortie de l’édition photographie et musique
    • 9 au 23 Décembre 2020 : exposition de l’œuvre à la Galerie Thierry Bigaignon
    • 2 mars au 2 mai 2021 : exposition de l’œuvre au Musée de la Piscine à Roubaix, avec un voyage de presse prévu le 19 mars 2020.
    • Juillet 2021 : projection de l’œuvre aux Rencontres d’Arles
    • 9 au 30 septembre 2021 : exposition de l’œuvre arrêt sur image galerie à Bordeaux
  • Le Prix est également accompagné d’un ouvrage photographie et musique sur-mesure et atypique réalisé en partenariat avec un nouvel éditeur : les éditions Filigranes. 

 

Chaque étape est accompagnée par l’équipe de la Fondation Swiss Life.  

Donner les moyens de créer librement  

En plus du conseil artistique personnalisé, du livre et d’une large monstration sur deux ans, les lauréats reçoivent une bourse de 15 000 € chacun pour concrétiser leur projet. La Fondation Swiss Life prend également en charge les frais de production de l’œuvre. 

L’objectif ? Offrir aux artistes les moyens de créer librement, dans les meilleures conditions, et donner du sens à l’engagement de la Fondation Swiss Life pour le soutien à la création artistique. 

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A partir du sujet de l’hirondelle, Edouard Taufenbach et Régis Campo cherchent à développer une représentation sensible du passage du temps, du mouvement, et des échanges et circulations au sein d’un espace. A l’échelle du vol, le mouvement des hirondelles dans le ciel est l’objet d’une fascination qui nourrit l’imaginaire. Les oiseaux semblent suivre une partition faite de ruptures, d’accélérations et de silences, dessinant des formes abstraites comme des signes à interpréter. Ce projet est une expérimentation au croisement des usages artistiques et scientifiques des médiums photographique et musical. Entre rigueur formelle et narration subjective, la recherche déploie une approche où l’hirondelle en vol figurant un vecteur de force, donne forme et matière à un insatiable désir de liberté avec le ciel pour perspective.  

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Edouard Taufenbach et Régis Campo, formation d’un duo intergénérationnel 

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Guest Blog. Dasha Arts

Forget everything you knew about Art.

The world of art is so changed that it has narrowed to a point that can be called an art mafia.

Collecting maybe is a thing of the past, because true collectors are gradually leaving for another world, and their children and grandchildren are people who photograph food for insta. For them, the ultimate goal is how expensive sell paintings or photographs from the collection of his father or grandfather and buy with this money a mountain of unnecessary things. Or another option, for example, to buy a banana for a very round sum, to proudly say to his friends: – Heard about a banana? I bought it, lol!

It is completely paradoxical that among such a huge number of talents all over the world, they sell banana, not in the market – but in the gallery!

It is very difficult for young talents and 98% of them will never be able to be heard and recognized. Although, among them there are many worthy artists. In order to get into these same 2%, artists are likely to have to join the art mafia. Order a millionth marketing, find people who will tell other people that this work needs to be bought. Remember the movie 1 + 1, where one of the main characters decided to make money on art, before having nothing to do with it. He did it thanks to connections and it really works.

It is unfortunate that many cannot take a good job, for example, to become the editor-in-chief of a magazine, a leading designer or director. Most likely, you will hear the phrase: – Sorry, but this place is occupied by the son (or daughter) of an important person, or – You are too young, wait for old age.

So, what to do for those 98% who have only talent.? Do not despair, you need to update ideas!
After all, the world has changed! it’s unfortunate that only the phrase “Hungry Artist” remained the same.

I will try to give you 5 tips on how to make a difference and look at the world of art in 2020.

Tips for the lazy:

  1. Banana is already sold. Glue another fruit to the wall.
  2. The potato has already been sold. Take a photo of another vegetable.
  3. Find for yourself a sheikh and persuade you to buy your entire collection.
  4. Wait until you receive a letter from an agent or art dealer. If nothing has come within 10 years, wait another 10.
  5. Do not work in art

And now tips for talent and enthusiasts!

  • Adjust to the art market, but do not change your style.The theme should be relevant, but in your style. Try to beat an interesting news or item. Meditate!
  • Do it high quality. Many galleries complain of low-quality art. Take the time to create something unique.
  • Engage in marketing yourself! Nobody knows better about you than you yourself! Register on sites dedicated to your topic. Delight subscribers with new artworks. Take part in contests. Send letters to interesting companies – sooner or later they will answer you.
  • Instagram. A separate point, because everything goes there. Watch the hashtags. Update information and posts – you will succeed!
  • Believe in yourself! Keep believing in yourself! Well, just in case – look for a sheikh.

What is missing now is the place where talents can turn. There are many galleries that say that they will promote you, but at the same time, they will set a large bill for the provision of services, without giving any guarantee of a positive result.

DASHA’s idea is to create a home for the artist. A place where everyone can share their art, show a curator, get feedback and appreciation. Get the opportunity to exhibit, sell and support what is primarily needed by young talents.

Dream project Dasha’s art is the prospect of showing real talents, both to collectors and companies and people who love art. This is a global project that can put art on the rails on which it should be. And even if there appears an image of a banana or potato, most likely it will be a protest, but it is executed as a real art!

For the implementation of such a global project, while there is no funding, it is a matter of time. But We hope that DASHA’s voice will sound loud all over the world right now!–

DASHA ART TEAM
www.dashafoto.com

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