Just announced: Leica M Monochrom “Jim Marshall Set” limited edition camera

Leica Camera introduced a new Leica M Monochrom "Jim Marshall Set" limited edition camera. There will be only 50 “Jim Marshall Sets” made available worldwide. The set includes:

  • Brass Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) camera in a special “Laiton” finish, topped with an engraving of Jim Marshall’s signature on the top plate
  • Matching brass Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH lens
  • Jim Marshall Limited Edition Estate print of “Thelonious Monk at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1964”
  • Special, numbered edition and estate embossed copy of the book Jim Marshall: Jazz Festival

The Leica M Monochrom Jim Marshall Set will be available mid-June at Leica Stores and Boutiques. The price is $12,950 (pre-order now at Leica Store Miami and Leica Store San Francisco). Update: this limited edition will be released only in the US.

During the extraordinary rise of popular culture and counterculture in the 1960s, Marshall became a staple of the music industry, capturing photos of icons including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Brian Jones, Johnny Cash, and many more. Over the course of his life, Marshall acquired 20 different Leica M bodies, with Leicavit winders modified to fit, alongside over 30 Leica lenses. Every iconic photograph Marshall took was captured with a Leica camera.

In addition to the camera set, Leica Camera will also exhibit a selection of prints from Jim Marshall’s Jazz Festival series, chronicling the jazz festivals at Newport and Monterey during the 1960s, at Leica Gallery Los Angeles. Bruce Talamon, close friend and former official Monterey Jazz Festival photographer will also attend the premiere on June 15th to share stories of Jim’s career and his impact on music photography. The exhibit will run from June 15th through July 31st.

Press release and additional pictures:

Leica Camera and the Jim Marshall Foundation Present a Leica M Monochrom Limited Edition Jim Marshall Set


Leica Camera and the Jim Marshall Estate are proud to offer a limited edition set of the LEICA M Monochrom “Jim Marshall Set” with LEICA SUMMILUX-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH to celebrate Jim’s legacy and his life-long relationship with Leica Camera. This edition is limited to 50 sets and will be sold worldwide exclusively through Leica Stores and Boutiques.

The numbered and Jim Marshall autographed LEICA M Monochrom (Type 246) and LEICA SUMMILUX-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH are made of brass components with a very special “Laiton” finish which provides a unique matt finish and a one of a kind appearance for each set. Another distinctive
component of the set is the lens. This lens, while modern in its optical design, has the classic knurled focus ring and round lens hood reminiscent of the 1960’s. Both are made of brass with the “Laiton” finish.

The set also includes a Jim Marshall Limited Edition Estate print of Thelonious Monk at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1964 and a special, numbered edition and estate embossed copy of the Jim Marshall:

Jazz Festival published by Reel Art Press.

During the extraordinary rise of popular culture and the counterculture in the 1960”s, Jim Marshall seemed to be everywhere that mattered. His images of the Monterey Pop Festival chronicling the breakout performances of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding are woven into the lore of the era. Jim shot more than 500 album covers. His photographs are in private and museum collections around the world. To learn more about Jim Marshall, visit www.jimmarshallphotographyllc.com.

We invite you to the Leica Gallery LA to view Jim Marshall's JAZZ FESTIVAL exhibition at the Leica Gallery LA, on view June 15th through July 31.

Join us on June 15th at the Leica Gallery LA from 5PM-6PM for a guest lecture and book signing with Amelia Davis, owner of Jim Marshall's archive of photography, followed by the opening reception of Jim Marshall's JAZZ FESTIVAL exhibition.

RSVP for the lecture and book signing here.
RSVP for the opening reception here.

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