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LEICA M6 TTL Martin Luther King, Jr.(1929-1968) w/1:2/50mm SUMMICRON-M, 2001

Trust me, when I said I have tried, meaning that I have tried bloody hard to locate hundreds of links on the Netwrok as well as wriiten to a few parties who were involved in Auction, exhibitions (which include LEICA AG) and still won't able to locate any information pertainling to this 2001 special issued LEICA M6 model. I would rather gave up and await for contributors to offer help. IF not, just let this page acted as an archive with a burried info on a LEICA M6 model that was once issued to honor An America prominent leader in the American civil rights movement.

Information on
Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as individuals, Art centres, manufacturers who involved in the issued of this LEICA M6 Classic Martin Luther King, Jr.(1929-1968) w/1:2/50mm SUMMICRON-M, 2001 Edition :- Wikipedia | Nobel -Price Introduction | Benedict J. Fernandez | St Luois Newspaper | ARTVision International, LLC | Swann Auction Galleries/Auction Article mentioned in 2001(PDF) / Ewire's PDF copy of the said event in 2001

<<<--- © photos by Benedict J. Fernandez - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addresses a crowd of nearly 500,000 people outside the United Nations, April 15, 1967.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Arcived news courtey of

Palm Beach Gardens, FL/December 10, 2001 --- Internationally acclaimed photographer Benedict J. Fernandez photographed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the year preceding his assassination. Countdown to Eternity, is the traveling exhibition resulting from those photographs (www.artvisionintl.com/MartinLutherKingExhibit.html"> http://www.artvisionintl.com/MartinLutherKingExhibit.html). Through 78 black-and-white photographs, the exhibition provides an historic view of the pivotal events of Dr. King's last year and of the civil rights leaders instrumental in the movement.

Benedict J. Fernandez used a Leica M3 camera to photograph Countdown to Eternity.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Leica Camera, Inc. has produced two special edition Leica M6 Summicron 50mm f2 cameras engraved with a replica of Dr. King's signature. One camera will travel with the exhibition, the second hand-crafted Leica M6 camera will be included in a commemorative art package to be auctioned at the famed Swann Auction Galleries in New York, February 28, 2002. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, GA.

The art auction package will consist of the M6 camera and a limited edition portfolio of Benedict Fernandez' photographs from Countdown to Eternity. The first edition, 15 image portfolio and one hand-crafted Leica M6 will be on display at Swann Galleries during a preview reception. Bids on the camera and the Benedict J. Fernandez limited edition portfolio can be placed by contacting Daile Kaplan, Vice President and Director of Photographs at Swann Auction Galleries. "Leica is honored to be a part of the Countdown to Eternity exhibition tour and auction to benefit the King Center in Atlanta," said Roger Horn, president of Leica Camera, Inc. "Since its inception the Leica camera has documented the important events of our time. We are proud to bring the sensitive photographs of Ben Fernandez, the struggle of the civil rights movement in America, and Dr. King's powerful work to light again in this new century."

The exhibition Countdown to Eternity will be shown next at the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, from January 21 through February 13, 2002 and at the Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock, AR from February 1 through April 30, 2002. Martin Luther King Jr. and his policy of nonviolent protest, were the dominant forces within the American civil rights movement during its decade of greatest achievement?1957 to 1968. Prime mover of the Montgomery bus boycott (1956), King laid the groundwork for the organization now known as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1957). He was the keynote speaker at the historic March on Washington (1963) and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate (1964). During the time when the American civil rights struggle was defined as a predominantly black/white issue, no one communicated the idea of the American dream with greater moral and oratorical power or with greater political foresight than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His expression of the black's struggle for freedom in his "I Have a Dream" speech (March on Washington, August 28, 1963) captured the imagination of the world and established him among the pantheon of America's leaders.

Benedict J. Fernandez, former photography program chairman at the New School and Parsons School of Design in New York City and founder of the BFA program in photography at Parsons, is widely acclaimed as an exceptional photographer. He is also recognized as a gifted educator with a sensitive cultural and political vision. Ben Fernandez' ongoing photographic projects are published and exhibited worldwide. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the International Center of Photography, and the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris among others. Countdown to Eternity is sponsored by the
Swann Auction Galleries, Leica Camera, Inc. Ilford Imaging, Dynacolor Graphics, and ARTVision International. Leica Camera, Inc., headquartered in Northvale, NJ, distributes a complete line of traditional and digital point & shoot cameras, binoculars and lenses. For more information on Leica products, please contact Leica at (800) 222-0118 or visit Leica's Web site at www.leica-camera.com/usa. ILFORD Imaging is a leading developer and manufacturer of digital inkjet products, photoprinting technologies and traditional black & white and color photographic materials. Since its inception, ILFORD has maintained an unwavering commitment to promoting and supporting the fine craft of photography as well as photographic artists themselves. For more information on ILFORD products, visit their website at www.ilford.com.

The exhibition, Countdown to Eternity, is circulated by ARTVision International, LLC. ARTVision is proud to give voice again to Dr. King's message through the exhibition, Countdown to Eternity. For additional exhibit information, limited edition photographs, event options or sponsorship opportunities, contact Vickie Rehberg, exhibition marketing manager, at (561) 883 2145. Please contact Julia Dietrich, public relations, at 561 694 7876; e-mail us at artvisionmktg@aol.com; or visit our web site www.artvisionintl.com.

Other Old News Archive which relate to this LEICA M6 Special Edition:

Leica Camera, Inc. Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With Support of Rare Civil Rights Photo Exhibition ST. LOUIS, (PRNewswire), APRIL 22, 2001 - In tribute to the extraordinary life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and in commemoration of his monumental contributions to civil rights, Leica Camera, Inc. is supporting a national photography exhibition called, "Countdown to Eternity." Leica Camera, Inc. is donating two (2) authentic Leica M6 Summicron 50mm f2 cameras engraved with Dr. King's signature to Countdown To Eternity for display in the exhibition. In addition, one hand-crafted Leica M6 camera, valued at $30,000 will be included in an art auction package comprised of the camera and a first edition Countdown to Eternity MLK'68 limited edition portfolio of photographer Benedict J. Fernandez. Additional rare MKL images are also part of the 'Countdown to Eternity' exhibition. Any commercial or noncommercial use or publication is strictly prohibited. Copying, redistribution, or exploitation for personal or corporate gain is not permitted. The portfolio and one hand-crafted Leica M6 will be publicly auctioned and on display for the first time at the American Association of Museum's national conference in St. Louis, May 6-10. Museum CEOs and curators will have an exclusive opportunity to procure these rare collectibles for their permanent collections by having the opportunity to place a starting bid the items during the conference. Additional bids on the camera and portfolio can be placed on Amazon.com while Countdown to Eternity travels around the country. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Martin Luther King Center Foundation in Atlanta. Countdown to Eternity exhibition provides a rare and intimate photographic view of the famed civil rights leader through the eyes of Fernandez who used a similar Leica M3 camera to capture Dr. King throughout the year preceding his assignation on April 4, 1968. Fernandez is widely acclaimed as an exceptional educator and photographer. He formerly served as the Photography Program Chairman of both the New School and Parsons School of Design in New York City and founder of the Bachelors' of Fine Arts (BFA) program in Photography at Parsons.

In June 2001, Leica will present the second engraved Leica M6 camera to Dr. King's son, Martin Luther King III, in a commemorative ceremony for the exhibition at the Florida International Museum in St. Petersburg, FL. "Leica is honored to be apart of Countdown to Eternity and is pleased to give tribute to one of the great American leaders - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," said Roger Horn, president, Leica Camera, Inc. "The evolution of the Leica camera spans decades and we are proud of our company's ability to help bring to light to the intense and stirring vision of Ben Fernandez and the strong essence of the civil rights era embodied in Dr. King's powerful work." Containing seventy-eight, 14 x 17" framed, black and white photographs, Countdown to Eternity was originally funded by The Ford Foundation 10 years ago as a tribute to Dr. King. It was developed for presentation in communities of economic need. Economic equality as a key component of social justice was a major theme stressed by Dr. King during the later part of his life. Countdown to Eternity is courtesy of ARTVision International, LLC. For additional exhibit information, limited edition photographs, event options or sponsorship opportunities, contact Vickie Rehberg, exhibitions manager, at (561) 271-6622.

No visual is available for the said 2x LEICA M6 TTL Martin Luther King Jr. Special Edition model.
ANYONE out there has a picture of this Edition ? please mail: rick_oleson@yahoo.com

Part 1 - Leica M6 / Hedri Cartier-Bresson, 1998 | Part 2 - Leica M6 TTL William Klein, 2001 | Part 3 - Discussions & Speical S/N of M6
Part 4
- Leica M6 electronic prototype camera, 1981 | Part 5 - Early LEICA M6 Technical Application camera ETH.Z, 1987
Part 6 - Leica M7 Prototype w/M6 chassis, 2002 | Part 7 - Leica M6 TTL Vaclav Havel Presentation kit, 2000 (info only)
Part 8 - Leica M6 TTL Martin Luther King Jr., 2001 (info only)
Others:- a) M6 TTL NOMI Baumgartl / charity kit

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