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Enjoying a glass of wine on the patio of Alpa’s headquarters, an afternoon ritual, Thomas Weber beams with pride when he starts recounting how he secured his first order for a high-end Swiss made camera produced by the brand that he and his wife resurrected. “We were at a trade fair in Paris in 1998 and a man came up with this big entourage behind him. He pointed to our models and said: ‘I’ve been waiting years for a camera like this’.”

Weber’s delight was doubled when he discovered their first customer was Raymond Depardon, a Magnum Photos member…

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