R.I.P Ken Hansen

Posted by: Classic Connection




Yesterday we received this info from Leica Co regarding Mr. Ken Hansen:

It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of Ken Hansen this past Saturday.There will be a service for Ken on Thursday, May 2nd at Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home, 109 Darlington Avenue, Ramsey, NJ 07446. All close friends are invited to attend.


Ken Hansen was a great man, a good friend and trustworthy tradesman, as well as an Icon in the photo industry.

In the photography world, Ken Hansen was a shining example of compassion, trust, loyalty, knowledge & to me, he was a good friend.


I met Ken Hansen 30 years ago; we traded with each-other, helped each other with sales, technical issues, fraud alerts and sometimes we just vented to one another.  At a time of craziness in the used photo market place, Ken Hansen was a voice of reason.


When I started my own business many years ago, Ken Hansen was very helpful to me getting business and getting my inventory up to par.   His easy going demeanor and his way of handling everything in life was special to me and to others.


Ken Hansen was a force in the market place before and after the arrivals of the mega stores & in the internet online era. Ken knew & loved the Leica line of products, and  his clients followed him for decades.


Ken Hansen never forgot where he came from despite how much business he did in the market place. He was an icon and a giant in the photography and Leica world.


Throughout the years  we often met in NYC at the Leica Gallery openings and the photo show @ the Jacob Javits Center which he never missed especially because it provided him a place and opportunity for him to see his clients/friends and just hang out.  Ken Hansen was a man with high morals and integrity; he was always willing to help other dealers with inventory,give advise, crack a joke and just be Ken…


He will be missed by me and I am sure by his loyal followers.

May g-d comfort his family and grant Ken a good place where he deserves to be.



Sam Shoshan