Tom Munro has been working with the S system since its release ten years ago. The S Magazine celebrates this successful relationship with its tenth issue.
Every issue of the S Magazine is dedicated to extraordinary photographers. Over its lifetime the S Magazine has also dedicated standalone issues to some of our favourite photographers, such as the German model turned fashion photographer extraordinaire, Ellen von Unwerth (issue 8), the raw American street photographer, Bruce Gilden (issue 7), the Mexican master of sunshine, Enrique Badulescu (issue 6) and the photographic force of nature, Rankin (issue 3). Its tenth issue is now filled with Tom Munro’s striking fashion editorials, celebrity portraiture and advertising campaigns; all of which were shot on the S system. Munro has been shooting on the S system for as long as it has been available, so this portfolio of the last decade of work is a perfect way to remember ten amazing years and also look forward to the future.
Munro’s career began fairly late, in 1997, when he was living in New York and in his early 30s, but took off at a phenomenal pace: in January he found an agent, by March he was shooting for American Vogue, and since then he just has not stopped. In the new issue of S Magazine he shares the extraordinary story of his life so far – from his schooldays in the British countryside, to backpacking around the Far East, taking pictures on his Leica R4, to taking a huge leap into the unknown and moving to New York to study at Parsons, to learning his craft as Steven Meisel’s assistant, to launching his own solo career in 1997 and quickly finding himself shooting the world’s leading supermodels and celebrities.
The pop music icon Madonna, with whom Munro collaborated for many years, and also directed some music videos for, has described him as “the most easy-going, una ected photographer I have ever worked with. If he’s nervous, he doesn’t show it. Cool as a cucumber. And here’s the other good news. Tom always makes you look foxy! And he does it in a disturbingly effortless way”.
Over the last decade, Munro has worked with supermodels like Naomi Campbell, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Doutzen Kroes, cultivated enduring relationships with the legendary Italian fashion houses Armani and Dolce & Gabbana, and shot iconic portraits of celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Eddie Redmayne, Justin Timberlake, Kristen Stewart, Kim Kardashian, Penélope Cruz and Rihanna. The list goes on. In S Magazine No. 10 you will discover a who’s who of the most famous and influential people of the day, and a collection of photographs that reflect the thrilling last decade of society and culture. The S system was designed with the exact needs of professional photographers in mind. Tom Munro has been using it throughout, and the Leica S Magazine is absolutely delighted to present this definitive portfolio of his work.
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The S Magazine can also be downloaded free of charge as part of the S App, compatible with all iOS and Android devices, for more information visit S Magazine website.