On 16 November 2018, the winners of the German Photo Book Prize 2018/19 were announced as part of this year’s Stuttgart Book Week. Lars Netopil’s publication ‘Museum Leica’ was honoured as the best photo book in the category ‘Photography Technology / Photography History’.
The renowned award was established by the Stuttgart Media University; the winners are selected by an independent jury of industry experts.
‘Museum Leica’ details some of the most outstanding treasures to be found in the holdings of Leica Camera’s factory museum in Wetzlar. Composed of two hardcover volumes in one slipcase, the 600-page publication was launched at the grand opening of Leitz Park III in June 2018 – an event attended by more than 1000 international guests. Lars Netopil, who is based in Wetzlar, counts among a small number of unequivocally competent experts on the technical history of Leica cameras worldwide.
‘Museum Leica’ represents his final instalment in a trilogy of books on extraordinary exhibits from the history of Leica. Its predecessors, titled ‘Prototype Leica’ (2010) and ‘Rare Leica’ (2014) were also nominated for the German Photo Book Prize in their respective years of publication. The images featured in ‘Museum Leica’ were captured by Wolfgang Sauer (based in Königstein), while the layout was designed by David Pitzer (based in Wetzlar).
At the awards ceremony, Lars Netopil emphasised that “this award naturally also belongs to Leica Camera, whose museum archive represents a collection of international significance. In ‘Museum Leica’ I merely present a preview of what visitors might expect to see as part of the permanent and changing exhibitions that will be displayed at the Leica Museum in Wetzlar’s Leitz Park.”
The winning photo books, along with all works nominated for the long and shortlist, will be presented at the Stuttgart Book Weeks before touring to various German and international venues.
Lars Netopil’s ‘Museum Leica’ is available to pre-order at the LFI-Shop.