The Galileo Condor I, freedom to photograph

The Condor I was presented to the public by Officine Galileo in 1947. The Second World War had just ended, and the Florentine company needed to reconvert from war production.

Hence it came up with the idea of a high-quality, nimble and sturdy photo camera, inspired by the Leica. Once the design was completed, Galileo decided to sign an agreement with Ferrania – a maker of photographic material in Liguria – to boost distribution of the Condor I throughout the country.

With peace, a new freedom to photograph anything had come; the country was being rebuilt, and Italians breathed the fresh air of new beginnings. People wanted to move around without obstacles, and tell the story of their time with images, as well as words.

Condors are known for their sharp vision and their ability to fly, free in the skies, for hundreds of kilometers without stopping. So “Condor” was the perfect name for this camera, meant for people who wished to travel, finally free in their country, and observe.

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December 16, 2013