Last week at Photo London, Leica Camera UK launched a collaboration with Terry O’Neill, one of the world’s most celebrated and collected photographers. The Leica MP ‘Terry O’Neill’ Set sees the iconic Leica film camera reinvented in a classic combination of British racing green painted on the its top cover and cognac leather across the bottom plate. The camera is equipped with a silver Summilux-M 50f/1.4 ASPH. and a matching cognac leather strap. A special engraving of Terry O’Neill’s signature has been added to the top plate for a finishing touch. Each set will be numbered as one of 35 and certified by Dr Andreas Kaufmann.
Talking of the collaboration, Terry O’Neill describes his admiration for Leica: “I bought myself a Leica as soon as I could and they have been with me ever since. They became a reflection of what I felt. When you use a Leica, you can never go wrong.”
In the mid 1960’s, Terry O’Neill found his work taking him to movie sets more frequently. It was during this time that he captured now iconic images of Audrey Hepburn.
“I really enjoyed working on the sets, it was an opportunity to work with some of the biggest stars around – I met Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Michael Caine, Brigitte Bardot and so on. So, when the call came to ask if I wanted to go down to the South of France to work on ‘Two for the Road’ starring Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn, well, how do you say no to that?”.
“I was shooting portraits of Audrey when a dove landed on her shoulder. She stood as still as could be to allow me to get a few frames before the bird flew-off. Anyone else would have moved right way, but Audrey understood what makes a great image. She was a wonderful person to work with, a real star.”
To commemorate this now iconic moment taken on a Leica, each set will include a signed 16 x 20 edition Terry O’Neill’s photograph of Audrey Hepburn from this series and never-before released, for the discerning photography collector.
The technical specifications of the Leica MP included in the Leica MP ‘Terry O’Neill’ Set are identical to those of standard model of the Leica MP film camera. Usually available in silver chrome or black paint finish, the Leica MP is designed for endurance and to enable the photographer to master even the most difficult lighting situations. The camera offers complete creative control; its selective TTL metering system offers supporting data to help the user choose the ideal exposure parameters.
Limited to only 35 sets, Leica MP ‘Terry O’Neill’ Set will be available from 17th May 2018 for £10,500 including VAT.