This photo appeared in “1000 Families – The Family Album of Planet Earth” by Uwe Ommer.

Did You Know…

…that Star Photographer Uwe Ommer Traveled With ZEISS For Four Years?


During this time the famous photographer had only one goal: he wanted to take pictures of families all over the world who best reflect the traditions and social conditions of their societies. Equipped with a Land Rover, a camera, and a portable studio, Ommer visited 130 countries. He interviewed and photographed more than 1,000 families, Which led to his family album of Planet Earth entitled “1000 Families.”

But what does this photography project have to do with ZEISS? The Planar T* 2.8/80, Makro-Planar T* 4/120, and Distagon T* 4/50 objective lenses accompanied Ommer on his tour around the world. He used Hasselblad cameras equipped exclusively with ZEISS camera lenses. After all, he depended on these professional hand-held tools for his monumental project. The reliability of the photographic equipment is the be-all and end-all when a photographer is trying to take a picture of an extended Peruvian family somewhere in the Andes far away from civilization.

His four years of work paid off. Ommer decided to take the same kind of picture with each family: before a white background with the identical lighting, focusing squarely on the people. Many of the portraits were already on display in exhibitions and magazines while the project was still going on. When the resulting photo volume “1000 Families” was published, it became a complete success. It is a collection of individual and expressive photos on 576 pages, all of which have one thing in common: they were taken with lenses made by Carl Zeiss.

17 November 2008