Black Paint Leica—Bee Lau

7 July–28 August, 2018
Ur-Leica Replica, engraved “Nachbildung der Ur-Leica” on top plate
11" x 16" (28cm x 40.6cm): 20 + 2APs
16" x 24" (40.6cm x 61cm): 15 + 2APs
24" x 36" (61cm x 91.4cm): 10 + 2APs
Leica III (Model F) SN 117 990 (1933), engraved “Sold by James A. Sinclair & Co. Ltd. 3 Whitehall London S.W.I.”; first type VIDOM and FIBLA clip-on spirit level
11" x 16" (28cm x 40.6cm): 20 + 2APs
16" x 24" (40.6cm x 61cm): 15 + 2APs
24" x 36" (61cm x 91.4cm): 10 + 2APs
M3 SN 916 153 (1958), with Summilux 1,4/50 SN 1 644 687 (1958)
11" x 16" (28cm x 40.6cm): 20 + 2APs
16" x 24" (40.6cm x 61cm): 15 + 2APs
24" x 36" (61cm x 91.4cm): 10 + 2APs
A group of M3 cameras from the first year of official production in 1959, with serial numbers beginning with 959
11" x 16" (28cm x 40.6cm): 20 + 2APs
16" x 24" (40.6cm x 61cm): 15 + 2APs
24" x 36" (61cm x 91.4cm): 10 + 2APs
Hektor 1,9/73 in black/chrome finish, made for Exakta camera, with a different design
11" x 16" (28cm x 40.6cm): 20 + 2APs
16" x 24" (40.6cm x 61cm): 15 + 2APs
24" x 36" (61cm x 91.4cm): 10 + 2APs
M6 TTL ICS SN 2 555 020 (2000), an edition of the Millennium M6 with 0.85 finder for the Japanese Leica distributor, Kanto. “ICS” was engraved on the rear of the top-plate. This camera is number 20/200; with Summilux 1,4/50 SN 4 011 481 (2006)
11" x 16" (28cm x 40.6cm): 20 + 2APs
16" x 24" (40.6cm x 61cm): 15 + 2APs
24" x 36" (61cm x 91.4cm): 10 + 2APs
M2 SN 990 642 (1960), with Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 4,5/75 SN 552 169 in original Leica screw mount, with heavy brassing
11" x 16" (28cm x 40.6cm): 20 + 2APs
16" x 24" (40.6cm x 61cm): 15 + 2APs
24" x 36" (61cm x 91.4cm): 10 + 2APs
MP-83 and MP-84 (1957), with Summicron 2/50 SN 1 474 883 and SN 1 474 817, respectively, first rigid version in brass mount; and Leicavit rapidwinders. Both cameras are in almost matching condition
11" x 16" (28cm x 40.6cm): 20 + 2APs
16" x 24" (40.6cm x 61cm): 15 + 2APs
24" x 36" (61cm x 91.4cm): 10 + 2APs

press release

<Black Paint Leica> Exhibitions

“Hong Kong is a major centre for black paint Leica and such items have attained an almost legendary status amongst collectors and users, particularly those in Asia,” says Mr Douglas So, Founder and Director of F11 Foto Museum and f22 foto space.

 

There is an obsession with collecting Leica items of every model and vintage in black lacquer. The demand is strong and getting stronger, as reflected in the robust prices achieved in the market.  Owning a black paint Leica camera outfit has become the dream of almost every Leica lover. 

 

Black Paint Leica—Photo Exhibition

  • Public viewing: 7 July to 28 August 2018
  • Exhibition venue: f22 foto space, 5/F Amber Commercial Building, 70-74 Morrison Hill Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

 

The Black Paint Leica photo exhibition showcasing the appeal of these Black Beauties will take place at f22 foto space from 7 July to 28 August 2018.  All the items shown are ‘residents’ of Hong Kong.  This exhibition hopes to provide detailed yet artistic images of the black paint Leica to allow visitors to appreciate the items and their special features.  The impressive images in this exhibition are works of local photographer, Bee Lau, and this is her first exhibition.

 

Black Paint Leica—Camera Exhibition

  • Opening: 7 July 2018, 18h30 (by invitation only)
  • Public viewing: 8 July to 30 March 2019
  • Exhibition venue: F11 Foto Museum, 11 Yuk Sau Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong

 

Simultaneously, the Black Paint Leica camera exhibition showcasing a curated selection of over 100 black paint Leica items from 1925, contributed by over 10 Hong Kong collectors, the first and largest of its kind in Asia, will be shown at F11 Foto Museum from 7 July 2018 to 30 March 2019.  The Black Paint Leica photo and camera exhibitions are curated by Mr Douglas So and Mr Edison Sam with their passion, expertise and dedication.

 

A 400-page book titled “Black Paint Leica”, written by Mr Douglas So, will be released on 7 July. ‘I hope that the book would become a useful reference to Leica lovers around the world,’ explains Douglas.  Another highlight is the stunning beauty of the photos on black paint Leica items which merits the attention of a wider audience.  The ‘Black Paint Leica’ book will be available for sale at both F11 Foto Museum and f22 foto space.

publication

‘Black Paint Leica’ by Douglas So
26.5cm x 21.5cm, 400 pages
buy this book

the artist

Picture for manufacturer Bee Lau
Bee Lau