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Lenny Kravitz Pens New Book "Flash"

With his new title, Flash, Lenny Kravitz makes his mark in a new arena of the creative arts. During his childhood, Kravitz was enthralled by cameras, playing with them like toys instead of taking photographs. In recent years photographer friends taught him the fundamentals of photography by using a Leica. Intrigued by the possibilities, Kravitz began creating his own works, all of which were marked by close attention to the nuances and effects created by light. As he himself had been endlessly photographed by photographers, paparazzi, and fans - his perspective on aesthetics was decidedly unique. In Flash, he captures the essence of what it's like to be a rock star who's constantly in the public eye. The result: an intense exploration of the photographer and his subject. Flash will be released on March 15, 2015 - coming in at 96 pages in a hardcover, it can be pre-ordered now for $34.42 USD.

Fake Leica Meets Minecraft?

Back at the end of August, the "Fake Leica" sculpture by Chinese artist Liao Yibai that was at the Leica Store Los Angeles sold. It was the largest of several such "Fake Leica" sculptures, and was listed for $1M USD. No word on if it did fetch that much or who bought it - but we have an idea. You may have heard the name Markus Persson. No? He's the guy that created the game Minecraft - which he recently sold to Microsoft for $2.5B USD. Turns out, he just bought a $70M USD house up in Beverly Hills. As you might expect, this mega-expensive bachelor pad comes complete with a raft of cars and art, including "a giant Leica camera." Doing the math, it seems this may just be where that sculpture ended up. One thing's for certain - it's got a sweet view of L.A. below. Read more below for details.

Steve Miller, Space Cowboy - Leica Shooter

The Dallas Morning News is running an article today, called "Off the Wall: Steve Miller – The Space Cowboy – still making music" which oddly enough, is more about Steve Miller the photographer (not the musician) - and a Leica one, at that. His love for Leica began with his father's Leica from the 40's - and continues to this day with a Leica M (Type 240). Read more below!

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René Burri, Leica Shooter, Dies at 81

It is with great sadness that Magnum Photos announces the death of René Burri (9 April 1933 - 20 October 2014). He was a Swiss photographer known for his photos of major political, historical and cultural events and key figures of the second half of the 20th century. Burri worked for Magnum Photos and has been photographing political, military and artistic figures and scenes since 1946. He has made portraits of Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso as well as iconic pictures of São Paulo and Brasília. Read more below.

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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... Read more below to find out!

Famous James Bond Leicas Up for Auction?

Remember those Leica cameras that secret agent James Bond (007) made famous? Like the Leica M3 in "Dr. No" or the one in "Thunderball?" Well, now's your chance to pick one up (sort of) - at Richard Winterton’s autumn fine art and collectors’ sale next Tuesday (September 30, 2014) in Lichfield, UK. Read more about it in "James Bond bonanza for 007 fans at Lichfield auction." However, if you view the online catalog of the auction, you realize that they're really just Leica IIIc cameras, and have nothing to do with James Bond. Just clever marketing. Oh well.

The auction also includes several iconic Leica cameras, a brand featured in Thunderball and other original novels...

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