Leica, world-renowned specialist in high-end cameras from decades now has now decided to pay homage to Jim Marshall’s talent, with a “laiton” limited edition that appears to be as rock’n’roll as the former photographer.
Here was the talented Jim Marshall biggest wish. For these who don’t know who he was, Jim Marshall was jazz and rock stars’ most appreciated photographers as he has accompanied them all along his life to capture the most precious instant of the biggest artists. And because he never left his Leica cameras (20 Leica M, 30 Leica lenses and there fitted winders) the brand has decided to create 50 unique M246 Monochrom Jim Marshall cameras.
These 50 M246 Monochrom Jim Marshall sets understand the new brass plated Leica M Monochrom with a matte “Laiton” finish and an inscription of Jim Marshall’s autograph directly embossed on the camera. It is provided with a Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH lens and a unique book provided by Jim Marshall Estate. But we will speak about that later. So this unique apparel could help you capture a little of this emblematic photographer’s talent, as if you were back in the 60s.
Indeed, the man behind M246 Monochrom Jim Marshall not only was a photography icon, but also jazz music one because he is the one who took incredible pictures of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Johnny Cash or Miles Davis and Nina Simone. And that is why the M246 Monochrom Jim Marshall lens is resolutely classic even if it remains modern, with a knurled focus ring and round lens hood as usual in the 60s, the time when the photographer was immortalizing Monterey Jazz Festival 1964.
Then M246 Monochrom Jim Marshall comes with unique photo albums in limited editions such as the “Thelonious Monk at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1964” as well as a numbered edition and estate embossed copy of the book Jim Marshall: Jazz Festival, which both reveal some of the photographer’s most beautiful photos, the one and only photo artist who has ever received a posthumously honorary Grammy Award for its non-performance contributions to music industry.
Finally, to immortalize the launch of M246 Monochrom Jim Marshall, Leica shop in Los Angeles will expose some of Jim Marshall’s best photographs taken all along his life in his favourite jazz clubs and festivals, as well as some of the artist’s most precious artefacts like the famous Grammy through July 31st! Then, Jim Marshall’s former assistant will attend to comment some of the greatest photos and his friend and former festival photographer Bruce Talamon will also join the exhibit to testify of Jim Marshall’s impact on photography’s history.
So if you truly are a photography and / or music from the 60s passionate, you could not miss the occasion to own one of the 50 M 246 Monochrom Jim Marshall, even if you have to spend 13.000 dollars buying one!
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