M Monochrom Ralph Gibson Edition

In close cooperation with Transcontinenta, Leica importer of the Netherlands, Leica Camera AG, Germany and top photographer Ralph Gibson, New York - will offer an exclusive limited edition Leica M Monochrom, in only 35 pieces. Details remain scarce at this time. Pictured above is the previous MP edition.

Update (11/29/13): We have our first picture of the Ralph Gibson limited edition M Monochrom:

Update (12/11/13): We have word that the total number produced (35) sold out before the presentation. Cost? €21,000 ($28k USD). Not mentioned was that It comes with a Summilux-M 35mm f/1.3 ASPH FLE. Here are some additional, detailed images of the camera:

Ralph Gibson's been more than five decades, an internationally renowned Leica photographer, the analog Leica M cameras used to be final art photography. In his eyes, digital black and white could not be measured because of the quality of analog. However, after he had tried a standard Leica M Monochrom Ralph was so convinced of the unprecedented digital monochrome quality that comes out of this camera, which he has since been photographed with this particular digital Leica M.

The Leica M Monochrom "Ralph Gibson 'is characterized by a unique personal design of both camera body, lens and leather camera case with premium finishes. This exclusive set is manufactured in a very limited edition of only 35 pieces. The very luxurious box camera also includes an autographed black and white photo and a limited edition of Ralph Gibson's new book, which is aptly called "MONO".

The first Leica M Monochrom "Ralph Gibson 'will be handed over personally. The special date '11-12-13' in the Leica store in Lisse Ralph Gibson Ralph Gibson is a week from 9 to 14 December in the Netherlands and will provide various lectures in response to this unique introduction at that time. He will also attend the world premiere of the "MONO" exhibition in the Kahmann Gallery in Amsterdam.

About the Leica Boutique Lisse

Leica cameras and its users deserve special attention. Which is best reflected in a unique store concept: the Leica Store. On more than 80m2 one can fully enjoy the passion for quality and customer focus. Besides the latest Leica cameras there are precisely in the Leica Store Lisse very special historical and limited edition Leica admire cameras. Leica is not just a camera. The Leica Store Lisse informs its customers love about the special properties of a Leica and guides them to the right choice. As with Leica yourself, too, quality is paramount at the Leica Store Lisse. Quality of the camera, but also information and service. The Leica Store Lisse regularly lectures, trainings and workshops organized by and for professional photographers. This is the only Leica store in the Netherlands, located in the Kapelstraat 3, 2161 HD Lisse. Tel: 0252-415349.

Website: www.leicaboutiquelisse.nl

Ralph Gibson

At 22 Ralph Gibson (1939, USA) had his first Leica. He learned photography in the U.S. Navy and went after a brief study at the San Francisco Art Institute to work as a photo journalist. Soon he himself went to work on various projects. Gibson began his professional career as an assistant to Dorothea Lange. Not a bad start, especially if you know that he also worked after moving to New York in 1967, with Robert Frank on two films. To date he has more than 40 monographs photographed and he can look back on a fantastic career as a top photographer that has lasted more than five decades. He has received numerous awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Leica Medal of Excellence, the Lucie Lifetime Award and the Silver Plumb Award. He is a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and has honorary doctorates from the University of Maryland and Ohio Wesleyan University. Gibson has kept hundreds of solo exhibitions and his photographs are included in more than one hundred and fifty museum collections around the world.

Website: www.ralphgibson.com

Portrait: Ralph Gibson