Posts Tagged ‘germany’

Browse Through a 160,000 Photo Archive of Finland During WWII


In the past, we’ve shared several online archives that give you access to a huge number of historical and historically significant photos online.

PhotosNormandie offered up 3,000+ CC photos from WWII, the NYC Department of Records compiled a database of over 870,000 photos of “the greatest city on earth,” and now the Finnish Defense Forces have put up an online archive of their own, showcasing almost 160,000 wartime photos from Finland during WWII. Read more…

A Glimpse of Leica Cameras and Lenses Being Made at Company Headquarters

Bloomberg published this short feature earlier today titled, “The World’s Most Wanted Camera vs. the iPhone Era.” In the video, reporter Nejra Cehic takes us on a brief behind-the-scenes tour of Leica’s gear manufacturing headquarters in Solms, Germany, and discusses what the future holds for the brand.
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Polar Bear at a German Zoo Gets Its Paws on a Canon 70-200mm Lens

German photographers Marion and Dieter were visiting the Nuremberg Zoo earlier this month when they came across an odd sight: one of the polar bears named Felix was chomping on a $2,100+ Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS telephoto lens. Apparently another lady was trying to change lenses while standing at the edge of the enclosure, and accidentally let the 70-200mm slip out of her grasp and into Felix’s territory.
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Photographs of East Germany Locations Captured Decades Apart

Photographer Stefan Koppelkamm first photographed East Germany in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall but before the reunification. He revisited the same locations a decade later, and rephotographed them from exactly the same viewpoints to document the drastic social and economic transformations that came about during the time between the photos.
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Funny (But Sad) Test of Photographers’ Rights in Germany

German satire program Extra 3 conducted a humorous — albeit disconcerting — experiment testing photographers’ (and videographers) rights in Germany. They had an actor use a camera at different “sensitive” government locations, doing the exact same things (e.g. film the locations of security cameras) but dressed in two different outfits — first as a European tourist and then as a Middle Eastern man. The result shows that how law enforcement deals with cameras is largely determined by common prejudices.

Thanks for sending in the tip, Felix!

Photographer Identified Just Hours After NYT Shares Mysterious Nazi Album

Earlier this week the New York Times was lent a mysterious photo album that contained 214 photos of Nazi Germany, including images taken just feet away from Hitler. There was no indication of who the photographer was, so the Lens blog decided to publish some of the photos and crowdsource the task of solving the mystery.
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The Story of How Jews Were Saved by the ‘Leica Freedom Train’

Last week we briefly wrote on how Leica played a role in saving Jews by helping them flee Nazi Germany. Turns out the effort was called the Leica Freedom Train, and this short 3-minute documentary tells the story in a bit more detail. An interesting fact is that each Leica refugee was given a Leica camera as a symbol of freedom.

Leica Freedom Train (via Leica Rumors)

Documentary Footage Shows Workings of the First Leica Factory

Here’s a short documentary film directed by Oskar Barnack (father of 35mm photography and inventor of the Leica camera) showing the workings of the factory where the first Leica cameras were made. The film includes footage showing the assembly of the Leica 1, produced between 1925 and 1932.

(via Leica Rumors)

P.S. Did you know Leica stands for Leitz camera, named after the founder Ernst Leitz?

Leica Helped Jews Flee Nazi Germany

Did you know that Leica boss Ernst Leitz II is considered the “photographic industry equivalent of Oskar Schindler” for helping Jews flee Nazi Germany?

Leitz […] helped Jews find jobs outside Germany, securing immigration visas and paying the travel expenses of refugees bound for the United States. […] They fled Germany under the guise of Leitz employees, until they could find work overseas. Such was the Nazi reliance on Leica optics for military purposes, that officials largely turned a blind eye to Leitz’s activities.

He’s credited saving the lives of around 80 Jews while risking his life in the process.

Leica helped Jews flee Nazis: Fresh evidence uncovered [Amateur Photographer]

Image credit: Schindler’s grave by See The Holy Land

Mystery of Lindsay Lohan’s Disappearing GQ-Cover Bellybutton Solved

For a cover shoot of a men’s magazine, it’s no surprise if liberties are taken in post-production. Generous Photoshopping is pretty much a given in any fashion or modeling photo. But here’s a bit of a surprise: it may not be the culprit for Lindsay Lohan’s disappearing belly button!

Boing Boing reader Nicole noticed in the latest issue of GQ Germany, LiLo’s belly button seemed to migrate in different photos, and it was nowhere to be seen on the cover.

However, as it turns out, Lohan was actually just outfitted with a high-waist. Alongside the article, GQ Germany includes a short behind-the-scenes film¬† by Ellen von Unwerth, showing Lohan doing various poses.¬† While on the sand, she’s wearing a high-waist swimsuit that covered her bellybutton altogether. Towards the end, you see Lohan posing for the final cover photo, and the photographer is shooting downward at her.

Still, this isn’t to say that the photo isn’t Photoshopped. It’s likely that Lohan’s belly button looks like it should be somewhere it isn’t because of the camera angle, or perhaps she had a digital tummy trim that threw off the “normal” proportions of her body.

However, in another image, things start to get a little strange: Lohan’s belly button is oddly high, especially in comparison with the cover shoot. This could also be attributed to foreshortening or distortion from the camera angle and the fact that she’s now wearing a low-rise bottom.

Photoshop blunder or not, low-rise or high-waisted (no pun intended), at the end of it all, we have to ask — did we really just stare at LiLo’s belly button for the better part of a half-hour? Yes, yes we (okay, I) did.

(via Boing Boing)