Nobody walks the streets of Paris, camera in hand, without quietly fancying themselves Henri Cartier-Bresson, squinting at the scenery and getting off miraculous candids of embrace-locked lovers or baguette-toting cyclists. The master of extemporaneous street photography invented the genre and did for Leica cameras what Marlon Brando did for Schott biker jackets.
This week, Leica announced a sly limited-edition version of its M Monochrom dual rangefinder digital camera that’s sure to become the new sacred idol of the HCB tribe. The Typ 246 “Stealth Edition” is the product of a collaboration with unabashed Leica fanboy Marcus Wainwright, the founder the New York-based fashion brand Rag & Bone, and it features a simple matte-black finish, smooth black leather trim, and nothing—beyond its unmistakable shape—to give away its identity.
“I was aiming to try and further refine and perfect the M Monochrom—an almost impossible task—by distilling it to its purest form and highlighting the stealth nature of the camera and lens,” said Wainwright.
The “Stealth Edition” goes on sale March 20—just in time for your April in Paris—with production capped at a mere 125 examples worldwide.
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