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Noteworthy: Rock & Roll Photographer Jim Marshall Dies at 74

In Article, Black and White Photography, Photographer on March 26, 2010 at 7:03 am

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With his Leica range finder in hand, Jim Marshall used a photo documentary shooting style and Black and White to portray a generation of Rock & Roll heroes and jazz masters in a “real” context.

Among his most famous pictures are Hendrix setting his guitar aflame at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967, which established Hendrix’s early reputation as a wild man; Cash angrily gesturing with his middle finger while at San Quentin State Prison in 1969; a boyish Bob Dylan following a stray tire down a New York street in 1963; and Janis Joplin clutching a bottle of Southern Comfort backstage in 1968.

To get those pictures he insisted on extraordinary access, and usually got it. He was a favored portraitist for many of his subjects, who sometimes allowed him to follow them for days. He was the only photographer allowed backstage for the Beatles’ 1966 farewell concert in San Francisco, was at Woodstock in 1969 and shot the Rolling Stones’ 1972 tour on assignment for Life magazine.

Annie Leibovitz once called him “the rock ’n’ roll photographer.”

For more on his life in photography: NY Times Obituary

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