Streettog Paradise: Brick Lane, Leica's Pop-up store and Photomonth all rolled into one
Leica's impressive pop-up store in the heart of Brick Lane got off to a roaring start yesterday. One after another interesting people walked in to chat about photography. Ivor Cooper, of London's Red Dot Cameras was there and acting as greeter and host for visitors. He it was who supplied an impressive showcase of vintage Leicas to demonstrate the long history of the marque.
Within the space of a couple of hours I was chatting to Alfred Eisenstadt's nephew and to a surprising number of Leicaphile Germans who just happened to be passing. Among them was Hans Jörg Ott who I know through Macfilos and an enthusiastic couple of photographers from Munich, Renate and Wolf Ehrenberg. To close the circle of coincidences, Wolf's father worked at Wetzlar and he was brought up surrounded by Leica cameras.