Discover uncompromising passion for quality.


Since the release of the Leica M3 at Photokina in 1954, every single M-System camera has represented the pinnacle of innovation for its day. Defined by what is essential for photography. Leica embodies this passion for quality, craftsmanship and its philosophy of photography to this day. More than 60 years of rangefinder expertise, 11 years of digital M-Camera development and invaluable feedback from dedicated M-Photographers have inspired Leica engineers to create the slimmest digital M of all time: the Leica M10.

what to shoot, how to shoot and how to print the results

Leica Akademie - Capture to Print: Nick Rains

Australian documentary photographer and Leica Akademie Instructor Nick Rains shares his entire workflow from capturing fine images in the field through to editing, post processing, cataloguing and finally to making high quality prints. Nick believes that a photograph can only be properly appreciated as a fine print, and so everything he does in capturing images leads towards making good prints for either display or publication.

There is nowhere to hide if you make it your goal to make good prints – small web images and social media shared images can hide a multitude of sins. Aim instead for a good print, and even if you don’t end up actually making one your technique had better be up to the challenge. Workshop is on May 13th, 10am-5pm at Glazer's Camera in Seattle. You can find more info and purchase tickets at Leica Akademie.


Leica Portrait Fundamentals with Karaminder

We all shoot pictures of people, friends, family etc, but for most of us it’s rare that these images are our best. There is hardly a more difficult subject to capture then a portrait, yet the skill of making someone look good and feel more at ease in front of your camera is something you can learn.

This 1-day workshop is designed for photographers who want to gain a more formal understanding of portrait photography. Students will gain insight into the key elements that professional portrait photographers take into account, before clicking the shutter. You can find more information and purchase tickets at Leica Akademie.

A century of knowledge has come to life


More than a century of experience in the development of long-range viewing instruments, microscopes and cameras has led to a new family of Leica premium binoculars: the Noctivid binoculars. They feature compact dimensions as well as stylish and elegant design and are at the same time incredibly robust and resilient.



"Mapping The West" by Vince Lupo

Current Exhibition

Experience Vince Lupo discovering the "Spirit of the West" through sixteen of his outstanding black and white photographs on exhibit through Saturday, May 27.


Oskar Barnack Wall Selection For April

Visit Leica Store Bellevue to see the winning print by Dale Tu!

Between 1913 and 1914 Oskar Barnack was the head of Development at the Ernst Leitz Optische Werk, a German manufacturer of microscopes and binoculars. During that time Oskar make a prototype camera (now known as the "UR Leica") that took photos using 35mm film. The camera was successful, but because of World War 1 it was not introduced to the public until 1925 when the "Leica" camera met with great success. This first Leica is recognized as the first commercially successful 35mm camera and its introduction changed the world of photography.

In the spirit of the father of 35mm photography, the "Oskar Barnack Wall" will showcase one photographic print per month taken by a Leica Photographer. You can enter your own works by sharing them to our Oskar Barnack Wall Flickr Pool.

Leica Akademie Events


This spring, summer, and fall, the Leica Akademie has you covered with seven separate events in the Seattle area. Whether your interest is in travel, street, or portrait photography.. or just making fantastic prints.. there is a program for you!
May 12 - Leica Lecture series - Capturing the World with Nick Rains - The Art and Practice of Travel Photography - Art Institute of Seattle: Free with RSVP
May 13 - Capture to Print - what to shoot, how to shoot and how to print the results - Register
July 22 - Portrait Fundamentals - Register
July 23 - M Owners Workshop - Register
August 18-20 - Street Photography Weekend with Nick Pinto - Register
October 13th - Leica Lecture series - Moments of Human Condition - Art Institute of Seattle: Free with RSVP
October 13-15th - Masterclass weekend with Peter Turnely - Register

To learn more and to see the entire international calendar for Leica Akademie events, please visit