Photography & Culture

Leica’s commitment to the photographic world

We at Leica understand photography as an on-going search for innovation in both technology and creativity.

Each Leica camera comprises countless creative possibilities. The apability to capture the essence of the moment is one of our biggest contributions to the art and culture of photography. As we seek to create the best cameras, we wish to support those who strive for excellence themselves.

© Marc Domage 2012

Leica and Paris Photo

Since the first show in 1996, Paris Photo has become the most prestigious art fair for historical and contemporary photography. It is a significant event for collectors, photography professionals, artists and art appreciators. Associated for many years with Paris Photo, Leica shares the same passion for exceptional photography. Hence, Leica is the official partner of the Paris Photo Agenda: a distinguished and unique selection of the best photographic works from galleries and institutions around the world. This fair takes place annually at the Grand Palais in Paris mid-November and at the Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles at the end of April.

© Fred Mortagne 2013

Leica and Red Bull Illume

We at Leica are honoured to be the official partner of the Red Bull Illume, premier international photography competition. In 2007, in 2010 and again in 2013, the ‘Red Bull Illume Image Quest’ has been dedicated to the world of action and adventure sports. The purpose is to capture the most exciting and creative action sports photographs on the planet and present them to the world. Thanks to the competition, many new talents were brought to light, making each edition of Red Bull Illume a resounding success.

© HG Esch

Leica and the St. Moritz Art Masters

The St. Moritz Art Masters is a unique and exclusive arts and culture festival, of which Leica has been the official partner for many years. Our involvement at the festival has included exhibitions with famous photographers and the presentation of student works such as ‘Blow up the Engadin’ in the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz. In addtion, a two-day photography workshop with well-known photographers such as Steve McCurry gives everyone the chance to learn a bit about the art form. During the festival Leica presents different exhibitions and celebrates the "Tribute to Photography" night.

© Meredith Kohut 2013

Leica and the Salzburg Festival

Since its establishment in 1920, the Salzburg Festival has been known for its diverse and high-class opera, drama and concert programmes. In over ninety years, the festival has proved Verdi, Mozart, Bellini or Wagner to be undying classics. In 2013, one of the most requested concerts was that of the El Sistema Simón Bolívar Orcherstra. It is part of El Sistema, a voluntary music education program me from Venezuela. Beforehand, Leica visited the youth orchestra and invited the young musicians to a photo shoot. The result is an impressive photo report, which documents the origin and significance of this project, giving an informative as well as emotional look behind the scenes. The photographs will appear in July for the duration of the Salzburg Festival. They can be seen in the festival halls and the Leica Gallery in Salzburg. In addition, the LFI magazine is dedicating a special edition to El Sistema.

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Leica and the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg

The Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg evolved from the Cathedral Music Association and Mozarteum in 1841. Today, it is one of the leading symphony orchestras in Austria and famous for its Thursday concerts and Sunday matinees. The matinees and concerts are dedicated to great classical and contemporary symphonies and offer an exciting balance between orchestral music and famous works with an artistic focus on the music of the First Viennese School. To promote the fine work of the orchestra, Leica teamed up with Mercedes-Benz Austria. Together we sponsor all international concerts of the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg.

© Michael Agel
© Michael Agel
© House of Photography 2013

Leica and the Nordic Light Festival

Nordic Light International Festival of Photography is a one week international gathering that celebrates photography as an art. The festival’s philosophy is to bring photography out to the people and also to give the photography strength as a mean of communication. Leica is partner of the festival that started in 2006 with 12.000 visitors. Today 70.000 photography fans visit Kristiansund in Norway and enjoy the art of photography. During the week of the festival the locals, international photographers, students, amateurs and pupils gather in what has become a melting pot of photographic and cultural events. For those interested in photography, professional photographers are available for portfolio reviewing.

Leica and the Photo Festival Zingst

Every year since 2007, the little town of Zingst - on the southern shore of the Baltic Sea - turns into a photographic hot spot when the Umweltfotofestival Horizonte Zingst (Environmental Photo Festival Horizons Zingst) takes place. The event features a wide range of high profile workshops and exhibitions, making it the ideal partner for Leica Akademie. Throughout an entire weekend, newcomers as well as veterans get the chance to learn from professional photographers and to train their own photographic skills. Concomitant to the photo festival, a new Leica Gallery opened in Zingst in 2013 and awaits your visit. 

© Tim Mantoani
© Tim Mantoani
© Tim Mantoani