Time leaps in Wetzlar

Time leaps in Wetzlar

I live in Frankfurt and here in the Rhine-Main region there is really only one company that is dedicated to photography and that is Leica. At the company headquarters in Wetzlar, an exhibition by Rankin is running until September 2023.


The English photographer Rankin is known in this country probably at the latest through the tv show Germany's Next Top Model. I'll never forget how he motivated one of the girls during a shoot on the entertainment show by exclaiming "Use your fuckin' eyes!". I could sympathize so much.

Use your fuckin' eyes!

John Rankin Waddell

© Rankin: Heidi Klum, Italian GQ, 2003

Rankin created undeniably remarkable portraits over the years and you can still admire them at the Ernst Leitz Museum until September 27, 2023. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission costs 11 €.

© Rankin

Also on display is a portrait series in which Rankin took photos of young people and then had them use an app to optimize their images themselves. These before-and-after images are a shocking look at self-perception and the optimization craze of our time.

And while you're on Leica's considerable grounds, I also recommend jumping straight into the classic photography exhibition. Not to forget the museum store. Very worthwhile!


This is not a sponsored post and I am freely reporting on this exhibition and Leica, just because I admire both the photographer Rankin and Leica's contribution to photography.

Exhibition period

May 26, 2023 - Sept. 27, 2023


Am Leitz Park 6
35578 Wetzlar

Opening hours

Monday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Leica World

Exhibition Website