We know that photography and music is a perfect combination for Leica.
The German company launched the Drifter, a limited edition version of the M Monochrom (Typ 246) in collaboration with Lenny Kravitz, complete with brown paneling and a Stella McCartney-designed, snakeskin-like wrap around its main body, and available along with matching lenses, strap, and bag.
This came a few years after a previous collaboration between Kravitz and the company, the fruits of which being the Leica M-P Correspondent.
Also previously collaborated with Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx on a Leica Q Nikki Sixx edition, and also counts Seal as an ambassador.
So Leica has a form for teaming up with the royalty from the music world and collaborating on limited-edition versions of its existing cameras, and leaked images suggest that Andy Summers is to be the next subject to get the treatment.
Japanese website Nokishita has released a handful of images on its Twitter account that shows what appears to be the German company’s M Monochrom (Typ 246) model clad in black-and-white images, purportedly captured by Andy Summers, together with the guitarist’s signature on the top plate.
Summers may be better known as the guitarist with The Police, but he’s also a seasoned photographer who has been featured and interviewed by Leica on many occasions. The rocker has previously extolled the merits of the Leica’s M Monochrom, stating that he used the camera along with the 50mm Summilux f/1.4 ASPH, 35mm Summilux f/1.4 ASPH. and a Summicron 90mm f/2 lenses.
Assuming this all gets an official stamp soon, and isn’t just someone’s idea of Photoshop fun, Summers would be the latest in a string of musicians to have collaborated with Leica in recent times – and not the first to be honored with a special edition M Monochrom, either.