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Ready, Aim, Snap!

December 05, 2013

Any self-respecting shutterbug, whether amateur or professional, knows the weight that German optics company Leica carries in the world of photography. The brand behind the world’s rarest camera – a gold-plated, lizard skin Luxus II, and just one of four made in 1932 – Leica unveils its latest concept store in Los Angeles, where the trusty long-lens camera arguably grosses more money than anywhere else in the world. Fitting too that the new space should feature a photography gallery showcasing the works of snap-happy celebs Seal and Andy Summers, adding to Leica’s already impressive list of fans that includes names like Man Ray, Cornell Capa, Helmut Newton, and Diane Arbus.

The impressive glass-fronted flagship on Beverly Boulevard could only be described as a photo-fanatic's wonderland, boasting as it does a full selection of covetable Leica cameras and lenses (not to mention the eye-watering price tags synonymous with such state-of-the-art equipage), handy camera bags, and Ilford paper. But there’s plenty for art enthusiasts too, like Yibai Zhang’s enormous silver ‘Fake Leica’ sculpture, a photography library (including rare, signed and first edition books) curated by Magnum photographer Martin Parr, and a gallery showcasing emerging and established names from where you can purchase aforesaid prints. Also look out for their limited space lens workshops upcoming in January. Ready, aim, snap!

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