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, featuring close attention to the nuances and effects created by light.
Lenny captures the essence of his life as a musician who is permanently in the public eye and a constant target for photographers, paparazzi, and fans. Seen from this angle, his works reveal much about the photographer, his life, and his subjects in a uniquely intense and aesthetic way. The photographs document Kravitz’ world tours and offer unusual insights into the nomadic life of a musician. The result: an intense exploration of the photographer and his subject.
The exhibition, Flash by Lenny Kravitz, at the Leica Galerie in Los Angeles is currently on view, March 6 to April 6, 2015.
Flash was released earlier this month by publisher teNeues. A strictly limited special edition of 125 Leica M-P (Typ 240) “Correspondent” cameras were developed in collaboration with Lenny Kravitz and his creative firm Kravitz Design Inc and are available in a set with two lenses and a handmade case. The camera and lenses of the special edition all feature a unique and intentional “vintage finish”.
Kravitz's previous pubication, Lenny Kravitz, with a written contribution for Hamburg Kennedy's founder- Marla Hamburg Kennedy- is available here