The Leica series of cameras, developed by Oskar Barnack prior to the First world war, liberated photography from the Studio and the tripod. A compact camera that allowed photography to capture life as it happens in its own territory.
The 35mm film gave the camera a compactness that allowed Robert Cappa to document the Spanish Civil War; Henri Cartier Bresson to capture the lives of The Europeans; and Walker Evans' documentation of the Great Depression.
This camera was made in 1938 and continues to document the life around us today. Modern mass produced cameras, especially of the digital variety, have strictly limited shelf lives. This camera, with its mechanical precision and simplicity has the capacity to continue working for another 72 years.