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Frank Kayser: The RBook Roadshow

On the trail of the "R Gruppe" with Leica
© Frank Kayser

Sometimes it is the courage and ingenuity of individuals that breathe life into visions and turn ideas into icons. The Leica I and the 356 No. 1 Roadster are milestones in the history of two companies that revolutionised the world in their own way. Two brands with tradition, family history and a passion for perfection.

With his photographs from the RBook, Frank Kayser combines the best of both worlds. For 16 months, the renowned automotive photographer accompanied the infamous "R Gruppe", one of the most famous Porsche clubs in California. Kayser documented his experiences and impressions with a Leica. The result is an authentic portrait that is just as uncompromising as the club itself.

His exhibition The RBook Roadshow can be seen at the World of Leica from 14 May to 10 September 2023 in the special atmosphere of Café Leitz, in the Museum Shop and on the campus. On display are not only unique sports cars and elegant designs but also members who preserve the spirit of the early years of motorsport. Working together on their cars and living the Californian dream on the road - no matter where they come from. Even though the brotherhood is strictly limited to 300 members, it is there for everyone: just as the Porsche brand has been anchored in society since 1948 and just as Leica has been loved and used by professionals and hobby photographers alike since 1925. This connection is celebrated with the exhibition The RBook Roadshow in the home of the Leica 35mm camera.

Frank Kayser (born 1967) has been working as a freelance photographer since 1997. In 1998 he founded the studio Kayser Photography. He is known for his passionate work in automotive, people and landscape photography and is one of the most sought-after automotive photographers today. Frank Kayser lives with his family in his hometown of Eichenzell in the Hessian Rhön.

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