Late photographer Jim Marshall was a mainstay of the music industry throughout the last half of the 20th century. The famed photographer was the only one to ever earn a Grammy Trustees Award. He had unprecedented access to some of the biggest musicians in the world, including Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix. He was the chief photographer at Woodstock and famously captured the iconic photograph of Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire. Because of these legendary photos, Marshall became a star himself, at least in the photography world.
Marshall was known for his love of Leica cameras. He owned no fewer than 20 of Leica M Rangefinders in his lifetime. The German camera company has decided to honour the late photography great with the M 246 Jim Marshall Edition Camera.
The exclusive brass-plated Monochrom Type 246 is decked out with a Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 lens. Each M 246 Camera is numbered and includes Marshall’s signature on the camera’s top plate. The set also includes a special brown leather strap very similar to the one that Jim Marshall used with his Leica M4.
Also included in the set are a brass lens hood and a “Jim Marshall: Jazz Festival” book. This book features a one-of-a-kind dust jacket. A limited edition print by Jim Marshall— the “Thelonious Monk at Monterey Jazz Festival 1964” is also part of the set.
If you want to photo rock stars like Marshall, then you will need to hurry. Leica plans to release just 50 of these limited-edition cameras worldwide.