Allendale, NJ—In collaboration with musician, actor and designer Lenny Kravitz, Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, released a special camera edition set: the Leica M-P Correspondent by Lenny Kravitz for Kravitz Design.
The edition comprises a Leica M-P digital rangefinder camera, a German-made bespoke case and two fast, classic Leica lenses: the Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 Asph and the Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 Asph. The special edition is strictly limited to 125 sets worldwide and will be available beginning March 2015.
Leica’s collaboration with Lenny Kravitz was born out of the artist’s passion for photography. The first camera Kravitz ever used was his father’s Leicaflex, which he was given at age 21 as a gift from his father. The distinctive design of the Leica M-P Correspondent by Lenny Kravitz for Kravitz Design set was created in reminiscence of this Leica camera. For instance, the glossy black enamel of the camera and the two lenses have been intentionally aged in homage to a well-used camera system, showing a distinctive patina that would usually point to years of constant use. To achieve this look, every camera and lens of the edition was “aged” entirely by hand to create unique individual products.
Another characteristic feature of the edition is the trim of the Leica M-P cameras, which is snakeskin from controlled sources that are not subject to species conservation regulations. This material in premium glossy black is also used for the kit’s included camera strap and wrist strap.
In addition, the special version of the Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 Asph lens is constructed in the classic design of its ancestor from 1959 and reflects the typical features of its predecessor; for instance, the scalloped focusing ring and a finely knurled aperture ring.
The camera and lenses of the Leica M-P Correspondent by Lenny Kravitz for Kravitz Design set are otherwise identical to their series production equivalents in performance and technical specifications.
A book of Kravitz’s photography, Flash, will be published by teNeues and available for purchase from March 15, 2015. Kravitz’s photography offers unusual insights into the nomadic life of a musician on the road. In addition to being distributed by the publishers, the book will be offered for sale by Leica Camera in Leica Stores and Leica Boutiques.
An exhibition at the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles will be the first in a global series of exhibits showcasing the artist’s photography from the book. The show, Flash by Lenny Kravitz, at the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles will be open to visitors from March 6 to April 12, 2015.
Kravitz Design (KDI, kravitzdesign.com) was founded by music icon Lenny Kravitz. Focusing on residential, commercial, product conception and design, the company’s team encompasses a diverse group of creative professionals that have executed projects throughout the world. KDI touts a portfolio that includes chandeliers for the Swarovski Crystal Palace Collection, suites at the SLS Hotel Miami Beach, and a two-story penthouse recording studio at the Setai Hotel and Residences. Most recently KDI undertook the creative vision for the downtown Miami, 47-story, bayfront condominium project Paramount Bay and the set for The Queen Latifah Show. us.leica-camera.com