Jamie Cullum on (Leica) Photography

Leica Camera at Photokina 2014 this year had set up a Leica Gallery (located in Hall 1, from September 16-21, 2014) with music as the theme. Among the photographers exhibited was Jamie Cullum. The Arts Desk posted an article, "10 Questions for Musician Jamie Cullum" where he answers ten questions... For some background on his interest in photography, especially when it comes to Leica - check out the last question that was asked, "The new album also showcases your skills behind the lens. When did you first get into photography and how did you hook up with Michael Agel of Leica?" to which he replied...

Skills! I am a passionate amateur! I did a film degree and as part of that I took some courses in photography. The photographs and iconography of the Beat poets and the great men and women of jazz is also inextricably linked to the music in my mind. I did think about cinematography as a career for a bit. As I became a musician it always felt natural to reach for the camera as I was often in interesting places with interesting people. I wanted to document that. My uncle had a vintage Leica and got me interested in the craftsmanship of these extraordinary machines, built to last like tanks. I bought a vintage M3 Leica and some cheap Voigtlander lenses and started taking pictures. Leica saw me over 10 years ago holding it in a German magazine and got in touch. We’ve been friends ever since.