You might know Andy Summers as the longstanding shredder of iconic English rock band The Police – but did you also know he's a damn fine photographer in his own right?
To honour the work of the 76-year-old virtuoso, Leica have developed a new camera that – in addition to all the usual drool-inducing features you'd expect from one of their world-class point-and-shoots – incorporates elements of Summers' signature Fender guitar, including a leatherette that matches a collage from Summers' own photo collection.
Limited to just 50 sets worldwide, the LEICA M MONOCHROM “Signature” comes decked out with a Leica Summicron-M f/2 35mm ASPH. lens adorned with a vintage round lens hood, a Fender guitar-inspired camera strap and an OBERWERTH leather black system bag.
"In 1983, Ralph Gibson suggested I should try using a Leica," Summers says of his relationship with Leica. :I went out and got an M4-2. I was hooked immediately. I felt that the Leica slowed down my picture taking, made it more meditative, made me think more before pressing the button.
"With this camera I felt as if I was finally stepping onto the true path. The body fit my hand perfectly. I loved the rangefinder focusing system and the way it let me keep both eyes open while moving the frame around."