Leica Akademie

Learning around the globe

The Leica Akademie stands for creative and sophisticated photography. The aim is to network this knowledge between the global Akademies. The high quality standards and the art of photography are the driving forces behind our actions.

Let yourself be inspired by new ways of vision and perception through our ambitious photographers. Create your perfect picture with our renowned photographers - whether in the creative workshops or on our exclusive travels. Would you like to experience the fascination of the Leica products? Welcome to the Leica Akademie.

History of the Leica Akademie in Germany

For over a hundred years, photographers have been using Leica cameras to capture special moments all over the world. Some of these remain timeless artefacts.

The Leica Akademie has a long tradition of training photographers.

For almost ninety years, this oldest and most renowned of all modern photography schools has been guiding ambitious photographers on the path to achieving the very best pictures.

The Leica Akademie’s origins hark back to the year 1930, when the “Lehr-Atelier Wetzlar” teaching studio became the basis for training courses at the Leitz factory in Wetzlar. Two darkrooms and a daylight room quickly became insufficient for demand. When the “Leica Schule” was then founded in 1938, it was given an entire floor of the building.

Classes filled up quickly right from the beginning. Their main focus, however, was on the application of the technology for physicians, scientists, and criminologists.

Activities at the Leica Schule were interrupted by the Second World War. As early as 1945, however, it began to offer photography courses for American soldiers stationed in Germany, under the name “Leica School”. 

The Leica School was renamed the Leica Akademie in 1988, a logical consequence of the school’s growing aspirations.

As was the relocation, in 1990, to new its premises in the Leica Camera GmbH headquarters in Solms, where training has now taken on an even greater international dimension. Photo dealers come to Solms from all over the world in order to refresh their knowledge and become acquainted with new products. 

User training courses are now to be held separately from worldwide photo trade events. Satellite facilities have been established in Upper Bavaria, Zingst on the Baltic Sea, and Dachstein in Austria, in order to spare many Leica customers the long trip to Solms, and where regular workshops are offered under the guidance of renowned photographers and with the competent assistance of a local professional. The Leica Akademie has undertaken successful international expansion over the last decade to meet growing demand from abroad.