“Photography is magic – it’s a time capsule. It’s something that keeps the moment alive,” rock legend Lenny Kravitz explains. The artist has previously collaborated with Leica in 2015, when he designed a special-edition version of the M-P (Typ 240): the M-P “Correspondent” paid homage to the weathered Leica camera Kravitz’s father brought back from his time as a press correspondent in the Vietnam War. The design of the new Leica M Monochrom “Drifter,” by contrast, is very much a reflection of the artist’s present persona.
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The camera’s exterior is characterized by an eye-catching trim, along with several consciously untreated brass elements. The striking python-skin look is entirely vegan friendly – the leather alternative was sourced with the aid of fashion designer and animal rights activist Stella McCartney.
Limited to an edition of 125 units, the camera is complemented by the exceptionally fast Leica Summicron-M 28 f/2 ASPH. and 75 f/2 ASPH. lenses, as well as a number of specially selected quality accessories in premium quality. The result is a unique set that is perfect for anyone whose lifestyle is driven by a passion for travel and creativity.
Lenny Kravitz, born 1964 in Brooklyn as the son of an Afro-American mother and Ukrainian-Jewish father, is not only a world-famous musician, songwriter, producer and actor, but also an avid photographer. In the recording studio, the multi-talented musician tends to play all instruments himself, frequently favoring analogue recording techniques to emphasize the often retro character of his music.
In his capacity as a visual artist, he has not only celebrated great successes with his design company Kravitz Design, but has also established himself as a photographer – exemplified by the publication of his black & white photo book “Flash” in 2015. “I love the quality of Leica’s Monochrom system,“ Kravitz explains. “For me, black & white has a soul that touches me. I tend to see in black & white, it looks more real to me, and more timeless. There’s just something about it.”
“I’m a drifter.” Kravitz acknowledges. “That has been my life since I was 15 years old and left home, I’m always on the road.” The set therefore includes not only the camera with matching carrier strap and two high-speed lenses, but also the “Weekender Bag” that holds the entire “Drifter” set along with everything else you might want to take on a spontaneous trip. Two lens cases and two pouches – suitable for the camera as well as accessories such as a charger or spare batteries – complete this unique set.