Leica Pays Homage to Iconic Music Photographer Jim Marshall
Jim Marshall is rightfully considered to be one of the most iconic rock photographers of all time. Having shot some of music’s most recognisable images of the likes of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Led Zeppelin, Leica have announced a limited edition camera set in his honour. It’s aptly named the M Monochrom Jim Marshall Edition and it is a beauty.
The M Monochrom Jim Marshall Edition set is a celebration of Jim Marshall’s legacy and life-long relationship with Leica. It comes with a Leica M Monochrom camera, Marshall’s photographic weapon of choice, as well as a bundle including a limited edition print and the Jim Marshall: ‘Jazz Festival’ book.
Each individually numbered camera features an engraving of Jim Marshall’s signature on the top plate, with the M Monochrom and the Leica SUMMILUX-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH donning brass components made with a very special ‘Laiton’ coating to provide a unique matt finish and one-of-a-kind appearance for each set.
Another distinctive component of the exclusive set is the lens, which is modern in its optical design but classic in look and handling thanks to its knurled focus ring and round lens hood, reminiscent of those found in the 1960’s. The set also comes with an artisan style brown leather strap styled in the tradition of the strap Jim Marshall used with his Leica M4.
The set also includes a Jim Marshall Limited Edition Estate print of “Thelonious Monk at Monterey Jazz Festival 1964’, an image which was not printed for sale or exhibition during Jim Marshall’s lifetime. You’ll also get a numbered Jim Marshall: ‘Jazz Festival’ book too.
Limited to just 50 models, the Leica M Monochrom Jim Marshall Edition is available to pre-order exclusively in North America over at the Leica Website for around £10,060 ($12,950). Deliveries will begin in mid-June.