Thursday, March 25, 2010

R.I.P. photographer Jim Marshall

This image (C) Jim Marshall. Music photographer extraordinaire.
February 3, 1936—March 24, 2010
I personally may have preferred the high-key tonality cum innate insight of music photographer David Gahr, but overall it was indisputable that Jim Marshall was THE MAN. He resisted micro-management by the music industry's bean counters by ditching these middlemen and going directly through the artists themselves for his work. The resultant rapport is best encapsulated in his aptly titled book of music photography "Trust."

Marshall photographed the upper echelon of rock musicians of the 1960's, '70's and beyond. Especially iconic: his 3/4 side view of Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival, Miles Davis boxing at a gym, many famous shots of Bob Dylan in the early to mid-60s, myriad portraits of the 1960's San Francisco music elite, and the one above of Johnny Cash emoting at his Folsom Prison performance.

For Google's gallery of Marshall's many decades of memorable music photography, go to LINK
Jim Marshall will rest in peace, but on his own terms!

2 comments:

RetroKimmer said...

I heard that Marshall who created the amps recently passed too. Are they the same guy?

Fast Film said...

Uh, no.

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