The Leica Gallery has been run in partnership with Leica Camera since 1994 and is closely linked to the company. The gallery has become a leading location for both traditional and modern photojournalism in the New York gallery scene. The gallery is located in an historic building in Greenwich Village that is listed in the records of the American Institute of Architects. Since its foundation, the gallery has housed more than 115 exhibitions, including pictures by renowned photographers such as Alfred Eisenstaedt, Ralph Gibson, Leonard Freed, Alex Webb, Erich Hartmann, and Karl Lagerfeld.
“Fluffy hair, parachute pants, A Flock of Seagulls, Danceteria: If it weren’t for Paris and Berlin in the ‘20s and Ancient Rome around 264 BC, New York in the ‘80s could lay claim to hosting the world’s most fabulously decadent decade of all time.” – Stephen Saban, founding editor, Details
German-born portrait photographer wowe (Wolfgang Wesener) got his start cap¬turing New York’s nightlife for Details magazine in the ?s. His images of this unique and decadent period chronicle the night-time prowlings of such club deni¬zens as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lisa E, James St. James, Diane Brill and Michael Musto and celebrities on the rise including Madonna, Brooke Shields, Julian Schnabel, Keith Haring, Jenny Lumet and Matt Dillon. Shot with an old Leica SL and a modified handheld flash, the black-and-white portraits are particularly compelling as each subject makes eye contact with wowe, who never clicked without permission.
In 2009 Edition Braus (Heidelberg) published a two-volume slip-cased collection: essence | twenty-five years of portraits by wowe.