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LEICA M6 TTL William Klein Special Configured
Edition in Anthracite Grey finish*, 2001
the word "Anthracite:. originates from Greek word, literally
means "a type of coal" from Anthrax. It is a hard, compact variety of mineral
coal that has a high lustre property. It has the highest carbon count and contains
the fewest impurities of all coals, despite its lower calorific content.
<<<--- self-portrait in contact-sheet-work visual © William
Klein; Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
As I said earlier, this site
is all about camera not so much on personality. But acknowledgeable famous icon or
established personality who had made a name in the medium can often help enhance
corporate image. Given a camera to the right hand and creative mind, photography
can be an converted into an expression of art form and not entirely a recording device.
It may be stupid to associate Leica with a football star or a sexy cat playing at
Wimbledon Central Court in tennis. Leica had the advantage of started venturing into
compact 35mm rangefinder cameras early, there were many great names surfaced in photography
and in particularly, Leica photographers. In 1998, we have witnessed a special edition
Leica M6 Platinum camera issued under a signature on one of the greatest name in
the medium, the late Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908~2004). The second Leica which bear a
signature of another photographer with equivalent weight and influence in modern
photography was issued in 2001. This time around, the edition was a little different
from nature of the issued M6 in 1998. It was a work of the photographer who was involved
directly in configuring and produced a Leica M6TTL rangefinder camera. The signature
work of the LEICA M6 TTL was by one of the living Leica legendary photographer in
modern times, William Klein.
I am not good at providing biography
on others. esp. when it relates to a famous personality. So, I will just extract
out how others perceive William Klein from various online reference sources as a
from of introduction. In 2008, International Centre of Photography (http://www.icp.org/) had picked him as recipient of ICP's
2008's L I F E - T I M E .A C H
I E V E M E N T winner.
" .. William Klein is a native New Yorker who has lived in Paris since 1948.
As a photographer and filmmaker, Klein has influenced visual media in the U.S. and
Europe for the better part of a century. During the 1950s and 1960s, he pioneered
a new kind of street photography: to represent the fragmented urban chaos that was
his subject, he produced work that was grainy, blurry, and distorted via wide-angle
lenses, fast film, and unique framing and printing. His first book, Life is Good
and Good for You in New York: Trance Witness Revels (1956) is widely considered to
be one of the most important photography books ever published. Klein's many films,
including Broadway by Light (1958), the first Pop film; Qui êtes vous,
Polly Maggoo? (Who are you Polly Maggoo? 1965-66), Mohammed Ali the Greatest (1969-74),
and The Messiah (2000), comprise another important body of work for the artist, as
does his fashion photography for Vogue and currently Harper's Bazaar...".
|Fashion by Jean Desses, French Vogue, Smoke and Veil, Paris (Vogue), 1958; April 1961; Broadway and 103rd Street, New York 1954-55; Hat + 5 Roses, Paris (Vogue), 1956; Dance in Brooklyn, 1955; Candy Store, Amsterdam Avenue, New York 1954-55; Club Allegro Fortissimo; Moves + Pepsi, Harlem, 1955 Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York.
All images © William Klein
" ... William Klein's approach to photography
challenges the way people see the world. His photos have been described as being
a lyric combination of black humor, acerbic social observation and daring graphic
invention.' William Klein's pictures rewrote the photographer's rulebook by turning
photographic "faults" into qualities. When he started out, Klein says,
his maxim was, "Anything goes." "I came from painting, at a time when
people were saying that painting and painting rules were dead," he recalls.
"I thought the same thing could apply to photography. I thought that there were
very specific things that you could do with a lens and camera that you couldn't do
with any other medium. There is something interesting about those things specific
to photography - grain, contrast, blur, cock-eyed framing, eliminating or exaggerating
gray tones and so on. I thought it would be good to show what's possible, to say
that this is as valid a way of using the camera as the conventional approaches." ... Ref: An extract from an interview with
William Klein by Bob Bishop, Paris Voice, in 1989
<<<---There was another new
approach to William Klein's photography at later years. One best interpretation was
via this powerful shot of Ex-Manchester United Star Eric CANTONA© William Klein for FIFA 100 Exhibitions; "The
philosophical Frenchman spent three hours with William Klein to set up his pose,
which saw him strip to the waist and paint "You play to fight the idea of losing"
across his chest.." BBC News Archive
On 28 November 2001, many of the active Leica
collectors were again excited by another event after the 3 years lapse of the previous
1998 auction on Henri Cartier-Bresson 22-8-1908/Loius Vuitton signature LEICA M6
Platinum. This is the second time a Leica
M6 body is the subject of a charity sale by the famous auction house, Christie's. This time around Christies, which had been commissioned to auction
the H.C.B. edition earlier was again held a special auction session in Paris for
the Willian Klein Leica M6 TTL rangefinder camera, along with one of the artist's
Painted-Contact-Works*. The auction has a meaningful objective, as proceeds will
be donated to French NGO foundation Reporters sans frontières ("RSF"
(www.RSF.org) or "RWB"
Reporters Without Borders). On the other hand, RSF will be publishing
a photo album devoted to the selective work of William Klein titled "William
Klein for Press Freedom". The publication, issued in bilingual French /
English was distributed in selective countries in the west and all proceeds raised
by the two events was intended to be used to assist welfare and legal expenses of
imprisoned journalists around the globe.
For the LEICA M6 TTL camera body w/Special Edition
Serial Number: 2555500 and the matching LEICA 1:1.4/35mm SUMMILUX-M ASPH lens; William
Klein had chosen an anthracite finish, the leather work for the camera body was using
snakeskin of a protected Asian species for which a limited-catch is authorized. One
of the most distinctive feature found on this special edition LEICA M6 TTL body was,
it came with a very prominent Kleins name which was engraved in RED at the
top plate of the camera. The motto of the organization - "Il ny pas de liberté
sans liberté de la presse (There is no freedom without press freedom)
- was also being engraved on the back of the camera in black paint.
||Except for those who had attended the auction as well
as the rightful owner of this special edition camera, no one has seen this camera
auctioned 8 years ago. Here is another picture which shows a little different from the the one
as shown in Christie's site.
|The reptile leather work is shown here with a more
natural colour of original nature. The lens has no special engraving and not sure
if it has Anthracite-gray finishing.
* William Klein is also an
accomplished painter/artist. Probably his works on photographic medium often had
been over-shadowned his talents on other medium in painting. At later years, he has
developed another form of visual expression via a new method in Painted-Contact-Work
which merges both ends of his creative minds in one. Even his self-portrait (as shown
at the top of this page was presented this way.
<<<-- The contact-work with theme of other frames
taken for the Broadway and 103rd Street, New York 1954-55 was part of the auction of the LEICA M6 TTL William Klein Edition
to raise funding for Reporters sans
Christie's had moderated this sale under the Hammer Francois
Curiel, Chairman of Christie's Europe and the CEO of Christie's France. This is the
second time a Leica M6 is the subject of a charity sale auctioned by Christie's (the
first package, signed by Henri Cartier-Bresson, was awarded in June 1998). Just as
a reading reference: The realized Price for this William Klein Signature LEICA M6
TTL Anthracite Finish body with Summilux-M 1:1.4/50mm ASPH One-unit Edition (Christie-Sale No. 9638) was £9,400-00 (approx. USD15,369-00 in 2001)
<<<-- Not sure if this William Klein designed M6 had cast
any influence over Leica cameras at later stage; but Anthracite material has been
used in another occasion in a LEICA MP Anthrhracite Kit as special issue Leica camera to commemorate 50th Anniversary of Leica-M photography
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