Colorful Leica Cameras for a Good Cause

Dortmund's children at the Kleine Kielstraße and Diesterweg Primary Schools have, through the initiative of Kinderlachen e.V. - unleashed their creativity. They have painted and decorated 140 cardboard Leica M cameras that will be on display in Wetzlar's Leitz Park. In return for the colorful and unique works of art, Leica Camera has given support to the non-profit organization and has made two unique cameras in the Kinderlachen design available. The cameras, a Leica M (Type 240) and a Leica M-E that were designed by the Munich artist Helmut Lutter, true to those created by the third and fourth graders Nesrin and René.

Kinderlachen Leica M and M-E cameras
Kinderlachen Leica M and M-E art and charity group photo

Cardboard Leica M camera promotional material


The original German press release translated to English:

Colorful Leica cameras for a good cause

Dortmund's primary school children Small Kielstrasse and Diesterweg Primary School have left to the initiative of children's laughter eV unleash their creativity. You have cardboard variations the Leica M rangefinder camera according to their own ideas painted and decorated. The result: 140 small works of art that are currently issuing the Leica Camera AG Leitz Wetzlar Park. In return for the colorful unique Leica Camera supports non-profit organization and has made two unique cameras in the children's laughter design available. The cameras, a Leica M (type 240) and a Leica ME were designed by the Munich artist Helmut Lutter true to the created by the third and fourth graders Nesrin and René motifs from two cardboard cameras.

Markus Limberger, as a member of the Board of Leica Camera AG also responsible for the production and Gerhard Bayer, CEO of CW Special Optik GmbH, the two colorful cameras presented once before on the big kids laugh Gala on November 29, 2014 in Dortmund Westfalen Halle , The individual pieces will be auctioned in the coming weeks for a good cause. The auction proceeds will go to 100 percent benefit of the projects of the charitable children's laughter eV.

Comedian and presenter, singer and actor Matze Knop had made as children laugh Ambassador together with the artist Helmut Lutter previously in Leitz Wetzlar Park personally by the colorful camera exhibition and the quality of the children's laughter cameras an image. Production Director Markus Limberger was impressed by the variety of painted Pappkameras: "The imagination of the children is great! The selection of subjects for our two Leica cameras fell really hard at this bandwidth imaginative designs. The more I am me, when at the auction of these unique pieces as possible large sums of money for a good cause can be achieved. "

The 140 Pappkameras Dortmund elementary school students are still visible in the exciting world of Leica Camera AG Leitz Wetzlar Park until the end of January 2015. The opening times of the Leica experience range and the Leica Gallery (in the Leitz-Park 5, 35578 Wetzlar) are available from Monday to Friday from 10 to 20 clock and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 18 clock. Admission is free.

About Kinderlachen e.V.

Kinderlachen e.V. supports only with donations since 2002 children's hospitals, children's hospices, day care centers, kindergartens and individual destinies in Germany. Financing is not only much needed materials, furniture and medical equipment. Even dreams and wishes of children who can not be bought, are met. To help celebrities from entertainment, business, sport, or conveying members at events. Kinderlachen patrons include Michael Rummenigge and Matze Knop. As ambassadors are Tom Lehel Charlotte Engelhardt (Engelhardt), Nika Krosny, Ingo Anderbrügge, Ayman, Marina Kiel man, Neven Subotic, Madlen Kaniuth, Andrea Kiewel, Marc Marshall, the Germany-eighth and Peter Illman available. Have launched Kinderlachen e.V. Christian Vosseler and Marc Peine. More information is available under www.kinderlachen.de or www.facebook.com/Kinderlachen.eV.

About Leica Camera

The Leica Camera AG is an international manufacturer of premium cameras and sport optics products. The foundation for the myth of the Leica brand have laid the optics of the traditional company. In conjunction with innovative technologies, they provide up today for a better picture in all situations around the seeing and perceiving. The headquarters of Leica Camera AG is located in the Hessian town of Wetzlar, the second production site in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal. The company has its own offices in England, France, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, South Korea, Italy, Australia and the USA. New, innovative products have driven the positive development of the company in the recent past.

Update (05/28/15):

The Leica M and M-E cameras shown above are finally heading off to auction at WestLicht on June 13, 2015!

Here's the press release (translated from German):

Leica Camera unique auctioned for a good cause

Wetzlar, 28 May 2015. These will only be seen once: On June 13, 2015, the auction house WestLicht will auction in Vienna two very special, unique Leicas. Under the hammer is a Leica M and Leica M-E designed by the Munich artist Helmut Lotter on the basis of creative proposals of Dortmunder children. The proceeds from the auction goes to Kinderlachen e.V.

One shines in the bright colors of a rainbow, on the other camera is a knight fighting with a flying dragon. These two creations were chosen by a jury from a total of 140 entries, awarded for the implementation of genuine Leica cameras, which will be auctioned for the benefit of Kinderlachen e.V. on June 13, 2015 at the Viennese auction house WestLicht. Both Leicas are unique and of course fully functional and likely to generate considerable interest among collectors.

And how it came to be these extraordinary Leica models: As part of a project of Leica and Kinderlachen e.V. developed from a paper building kit, children from primary schools in Dortmund creatively painted and then folded together, a total of 140 small paper art pieces. For these children's creations, a jury picked out two cardboard cameras who served for the famous Munich pop art artist Helmut Lutter as a template for the design of the Leica M cameras and M-E. "We were impressed by the creativity of children and overwhelmed," says Markus Limberger, CEO Leica Camera AG. "We are excited to see who gets the contract for one of the two Leica unique within the auction. Both cameras are unique, fascinating - and the proceeds will help children in difficult times ".

On June 13, 2015 Peter Coeln is the auction house Westlicht in Vienna the two special Leica models auctioned in an auction of historic cameras to achieve the highest possible amount of children's laughter eV. For more information about the auction can be found at www.westlicht-auction.com.

All cardboard camera models of the Dortmund children can be visited until the end of June in the Leica world of experience (Leitz-Park 5, 35578 Wetzlar). Here, visitors can learn all about the myth Leica and take a look in the camera manufacturer. Opening times are from Monday to Friday from 10:00 und 20.00 clock and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00 bis 18.00 clock. Admission is free.

About Kinderlachen e.V.

Kinderlachen e.V. supported exclusively with donations since 2002 children's hospitals, children's hospices, day care centers, kindergartens and individual destinies in Germany. Financing is not only much-needed materials, furniture or medical device. Even dreams and wishes of children who can not be bought, are satisfied. So help celebrities from entertainment, business and sports or supporting members participate in events.

Update (06/22/15):

Bringing some closure to this amazing project is news that the cameras brought in 57,600€ or just over $65,000 USD at the WestLicht auction! Here's the (translated) press release:

WestLicht auction of two unique Leica Cameras brings about 58,000 euros for a good cause

Leica Camera AG is donating to the organization Kinderlachen e.V. a proud total of 57,600 euros. The amount results from the auction of two Leica cameras in the unique and colorful Kinderlachen design - a Leica M and Leica M-E who derived a price of 28,800 euros in the West light auction in Vienna. Winning bidders of the two fully functional Leica rangefinder cameras remained anonymous. The check collection takes place at the 11th Children Laugh Gala on Saturday, November 28, 2015 in the Dortmund Westfalenhalle.

The two resulting cameras are part of a project of Leica and Kinderlachen e.V. from a paper camera template, which the children from primary schools in Dortmund creatively painted and then folded together, a total of 140 pieces of small paper art. From these children's creations a jury picked out two paper cameras who served as templates for the famous pop art artist Helmut Munich Lutte for the design of the Leica cameras.

All paper camera models from the Dortmund children can be visited until the end of June in the Leica World of Experience (Leitz-Park 5, 35578 Wetzlar). Here, visitors can learn all about the mythos of Leica and take a look at the camera manufacturer. Opening times are from Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 8:00pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am until 6:00pm. Admission is free.

About Kinderlachen e.V.

Kinderlachen e.V. supported exclusively with donations since 2002 children's hospitals, children's hospices, day care centers, kindergartens and individual destinies in Germany. Financing is not only much-needed materials, furniture or medical device. Even dreams and wishes of children who can not be bought, are satisfied. So help celebrities from entertainment, business and sports or supporting members participate in events.

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