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Jim Marshall 1936-2010
March 25, 2010 6:28 PM   Subscribe


 
This is phenomenal.
posted by Jimbob at 6:33 PM on March 25, 2010


Miles was quite the package.
posted by bendybendy at 6:40 PM on March 25, 2010


I absolutely adore this photo.

The caption from Jim Marshall is just as priceless: "This was taken backstage at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1963. Allen Ginsberg is looking at Thelonious Monk like he's looking at God. There are two frames. I walked by him and took bang! bang! two shots, that's it. But it's like he's looking at God."
posted by zooropa at 6:48 PM on March 25, 2010


Marshall was an amazing photographer. How amazing? His work still resonates today--tonight, even. All my life as a music fan (who grew up in a house full of Janis Joplin fans) I never "got" Janis Joplin. Appreciated her music? Yes, but I never understood my parents' and sister's devotion to her. Moments ago, I saw this photograph for the first time in my life. Now I totally "get" Janis Joplin.

Thank you, Jim Marshall.

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posted by KingEdRa at 7:00 PM on March 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


I work in a building that also rents space to an art gallery. Tonight was the opening of a (long-planned) retrospective of Marshall's work. I wasn't familiar with him before tonight, but I liked what I saw and I realized that I actually did know some of his images, just not the name of the photographer. Anyway.

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posted by andromache at 7:03 PM on March 25, 2010


Man, this is sad but at least it's opened his work portfolio up to people who wouldn't have previously seen it.

Also, I need some purple pants.
posted by khaibit at 7:06 PM on March 25, 2010


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posted by entropicamericana at 7:11 PM on March 25, 2010


Here's a recent interview at The Loft.
posted by tellurian at 7:15 PM on March 25, 2010


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posted by swift at 7:15 PM on March 25, 2010


Miles was quite the package.

When Youtube added 1080p support I was elated to rediscover some good old music, only to realize that omg I can totally see his peepee! (0:08)

did everyone walk around like that back then?

posted by Throw away your common sense and get an afro! at 7:18 PM on March 25, 2010


The Joplin photo is great....

Some photographers just have the eye for an image...Marshall is one of them.
posted by HuronBob at 7:38 PM on March 25, 2010


God, I've been seeing these photographs forever but never took the time to figure out who was behind them (or even to realize they were all from the same man). Thanks for the post - what a talented man.
posted by punchdrunkhistory at 7:40 PM on March 25, 2010


Oh my god, the hair on Led Zeppelin. I don't know whether to be turned on or reminded of a barbershop's floor.
posted by sallybrown at 7:49 PM on March 25, 2010


Now I totally "get" Janis Joplin.

Same here! That photo: a fresh, grinning girl in a mini-skirt.
posted by Faze at 8:09 PM on March 25, 2010


rip
posted by The Fly at 8:22 PM on March 25, 2010


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posted by phogirl at 8:49 PM on March 25, 2010


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posted by lapolla at 8:55 PM on March 25, 2010


That Cash photo is seriously the greatest music photo ever.
posted by Ironmouth at 8:56 PM on March 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'd never seen that "iconic" photo of Joplin either, but it totally makes sense. Wow, she was so little!
posted by yhbc at 9:09 PM on March 25, 2010


Ouch... This was a good guy. I hung out for hours with him one-on-one at a super cheesy L.A. bar (Skybar - for those who know the horror) after I saw a show of his. He was more hip and intelligent than any of the younger dudes strutting their stuff around him. And not surprisingly more dignified as well. I never knew his art much before seeing the show but I became a huge fan after hearing his stories. I was shocked at how un-jaded he was. I kinda fell in love even though he was old enough to be my grandfather. RIP. I hate getting old.
posted by Kloryne at 9:18 PM on March 25, 2010


I read about this last night on a photography site I'm active in. Here's what I wrote:

I don't know what to say about this. It's a passing of an era, but it is also a lesson in humility. The willingness to bear witness, be there, not deny your role in the moment, is such a large part of being a photographer. Maybe even the essence.

I'm still discovering contemporary photographers. So much to learn. Here's a link to SFGate's gallery of his work.

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posted by michswiss at 9:25 PM on March 25, 2010


This is a great obit at theonlinephotographer.


"Possibly the most generous and irritating man I've ever worked with. I'd be surprised if I ever meet anyone more generous. I sure as hell hope I never meet anyone more irritating. Alkie, druggie, abusive, and open-hearted. An exhausting combination."
posted by afu at 1:01 AM on March 26, 2010


yhbc: "I'd never seen that "iconic" photo of Joplin either, but it totally makes sense. Wow, she was so little!"

Take another little piece of my heart now baby ...
posted by bwg at 3:27 AM on March 26, 2010


Well damn. One of my all-time favorite photographers (obviously). :(
posted by biscotti at 4:20 AM on March 26, 2010


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posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:28 AM on March 26, 2010


There was a quote of Jim's I remember from some photography article I read back in my impressionable days: "You should always handle a camera as carefully a a gun." He often compared his two favorite items, a Leica M4 and a Colt 1911. My take on this was that his job was to always go down shooting, and by gum, he did.
posted by 1f2frfbf at 5:45 AM on March 26, 2010


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posted by Thorzdad at 6:30 AM on March 26, 2010


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