Rock and Roll Photographer Jim Marshall Has Died, Age 74

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Jim Marshall, the photographer responsible for some of the most famous photos of musicians from Johnny Cash to Jimi Hendrix died in his sleep March 23 in New York City. A resident of San Francisco, he had traveled to New York for the March 26 opening of �Match Prints,� an exhibit of his portraits alongside portraits by those of celebrity photographer Timothy White, at New York�s Staley-Wise Gallery.

Born in Chicago in 1936, Marshall grew up in San Francisco. As a teenager he photographed musicians and poets in the city�s Beat scene and in 1960 was introduced to John Coltrane. In the 1960s, he worked for record labels in New York and then, after returning to San Francisco in 1964, he photographed at local clubs, the Monterey Pop Festival and at the Beatles� last concert performance at Candlestick Park. He photographed at Woodstock, and in 1972 followed the Rolling Stones on tour for Life magazine.

Among his iconic images were his photo of Johnny Cash making an obscene gesture at the camera while performing at San Quentin, Bob Dylan rolling a tire, a sad Janis Joplin cradling a bottle of Southern Comfort, and Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire at the Monterey Festival. He continued shooting musicians, even after galleries started to exhibit his work. His many books include Not Fade Away: The Rock and Roll Photography of Jim Marshall (2000) and Jim Marshall: Proof (2004). Color photos from his newest book, Trust: Photographs by Jim Marshall (2009), will be exhibited starting April 1 at the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles.

Gallery owner David Fahey, who co-authored Not Fade Away with Marshall, says, "Jim had an intuitive way of getting to the heart and soul of his subjects. He was there at a special time for our generation. He recorded the best people and took the best pictures of them."

Marshall remained a colorful character with a big personality throughout his life. Fahey notes that Marshall was a champion of young photographers. "If he thought the photographer was good, he did everything in his power to help them."

Taki Wise, co-director of the Staley-Wise Gallery told PDN that �Match Prints will still open tomorrow night as planned. "We will celebrate Jim in� some way," she said.
 

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