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Lenny Kravitz is Everywhere with Upcoming Super Bowl Performance, Photo Book & Rumored Leica

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Lenny Kravitz is Everywhere with Upcoming Super Bowl Performance, Photo Book & Rumored Leica

Lenny Kravitz is still going strong. The legendary singer, writer, producer, instrumentalist and actor is everywhere these days, which we’ll remind you are roughly 16 years removed from the release of “Fly Away.”

Katy Perry, another artist who seems to find her way to every screen and speaker, announced that Kravitz will join her to perform at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show Feb. 1 in Glendale, Ariz.

“He’s got so much style and a certain, how do you say, je ne sais quoi…he’s the king of cool,” Perry said “He’s the coolest. He’s the king of cool. He’s going to make me so much cooler that day.”

Yes, we know Lenny Kravitz is cool, but did you know that he’s also a photo buff? The “guitar god,” as Katy Perry accurately describes him, will publish a photo book titled Flash in March. Here’s the description:

“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.”

We don’t know why, but we love pictures of people taking pictures, and Kravitz’s imagery offers a fascinating take on paparazzi from the other side of the lens. In a sense, he’s providing a visual study on the wild profession of photojournalism. It’s also kind of amusing to see that for all this time, Kravitz has been casually mirroring career photographers with an equally skilled eye. Take a look at a few photos from the book:

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As if the Super Bowl appearance and photo book weren’t enough to keep Kravitz busy, there are also reports that Leica will release a limited edition M Monochrom camera named after him. All that seems to be confirmed so far is a coated brass finish; the rest is still under wraps for the time being. The concept makes perfect sense, though, seeing as Kravitz is a noted Leica shooter. We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything new on this.

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