001 Andreas Ackerup's
Leica M6 camera
  • Produced in
    1984
  • Also used by
    Annie Leibovitz, Woody Allen and Queen Elizabeth II
  • Designed by
    Leica

Andreas Ackerup

Andreas Ackerup is a Swedish photographer living in Stockholm.

I got my Leica camera when I was assisting fashion photographer Mikael Jansson in 1996. I took all my photos with a point-and-shoot camera, but Mikael thought it was about time for me to buy a real camera, so I went and bought the absolute best camera for ambient light you could get. Henri Cartier-Bresson style. Since then I’ve been using it all the time. It’s a very durable camera.

Almost everyone becomes curious about the Leica because they know the history of the brand and the quality of their products. Some even get nostalgic. If it’s new to people, they always become curious and ask how it works. It’s a robust camera with sharp optics that recreates the colors in the best way. It even works without a battery. For me, the camera is a tool, and it’s good to have a tool that you do not need to replace all the time. I like to concentrate on my work instead.

The best camera is the one you use. A camera that you do something with. Print the photos, put them in a frame. Images that only live on your phone are just short memories in poor resolution.

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