Behind the Lens: Jim Marshall

1

Jim Marshall was able to capture some of rock ‘n roll’s finest moments through his camera. Take a look at some of his photos and learn more about him in this second installment of Behind the Lens.

Photo via Morrison Hotel Gallery

“I have no kids, my photographs are my children”Jim Marshall

Jim Marshall was known for his iconic photos of Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Jim Morrison, and other musicians who shaped the rock ‘n roll era in the 1960’s and 1970’s. He was born in 1936 in Chicago, Illinois and his family moved to San Francisco a couple of years later. While he was in high school, he took interest in photography and bought himself a camera — a Leica M2. There were many artists and musicians in San Francisco at that time and he took that opportunity to document them with his trusty camera.

Mick Jagger + Keith Richards (1), Jimi Hendrix (2), Jimi Hendrix + Brian Jones (3), Eric Clapton + Jerry Garcia (4), Peter Frampton (5), Jim Morrison (6), Led Zeppelin (7), Beatles (8), Janis Joplin (9), Grace Slick + Janis Joplin (10), Jefferson Airplane (11), Bob Dylan (12). Photos via LA Weekly, Phil Spector Files, Jazz in Photo, Marshall Matlock, Morrison Hotel Gallery, Puppies and Flowers, American Buddha, Staging Dead, Michael Williams, fabiche, and The Red List.

His big break as a photographer came when he had a chance encounter with jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. The musician needed a lift and Jim Marshall obliged. In exchange for the favor, Coltrane allowed Jim Marshall to photograph him and ended up using 9 rolls of film. After that incident, Marshall moved to New York and worked on several assignments for various companies. From then on, many career opportunities came knocking on his door. Below is a list of some notable events that Jim Marshall was fortunate enough to capture:

  • Photographed Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin, and Cream at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.
  • Photographed Johnny Cash recroding at Folsom Prison in 1968.
  • Took photographs of The Rolling Stones tour for LIFE magazine.
  • Had a photo session with Grace Slick and Janis Joplin together — two queens of rock ’n roll who were supposedly rivals.
  • Took photographs at the last Beatles concert and the only photographer allowed backstage access.
  • Woodstock ’69’s chief photographer.

Because of his presence and perseverance, he was able to capture the personalities of his subjects, which can be quite difficult in rock ‘n roll photography since there’s already a perceived image of the artist. Jim Marshall continued to take photographs later in life and even had snapshots of Velvet Revolver and Lenny Kravitz.

Jim Marshall died in 2010 at the age of 74. He has certainly contributed some of the most iconic photos in rock ‘n roll photography and the spirit of the 60’s and 70’s will always be remembered through photographs thanks to his skill and talent.

Jimi Hendrix (1), Grace Slick + Janis Joplin (2), Cream (3), Janis Joplin (4), Carlos Santana (5), The Who (6, 7), Allman Brothers (8), Dr. John (9), Jim Morrison (10). Photos via Pictures of Music, worleygig, NME, quernseys, Spinner, aolcdn, Rolling Stone, amazonaws, and Morrison Hotel Gallery.

Sources used for this article include Wikipedia - Jim Marshall, Rolling Stone, Jim Marshall Photography LLC, and Arts Beat.

Which of these photos do you like the most? Are there other rock ’n roll photographers that you would like to get featured on the Magazine? Leave a comment below! Meanwhile, you can check out other articles on Behind the Lens.

written by jeanmendoza on 2012-02-29 #jim-marshall #jimi-hendrix #jim-morrison #lifestyle #rock-and-roll #photographer #behind-the-lens-series

One Comment

  1. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    that's the difference, to be a photographer and rock lover in the sixty or seventies, living in a big american town, meet the beatles and the rolling stones, jimi hendrix or the doors..whatafuck!

More Interesting Articles

  • Through New York City with Markus Hartel and the New Russar+

    written by zonderbar on 2015-09-11 #people
    Through New York City with Markus Hartel and the New Russar+

    New York City-based graphic designer Markus Hartel has a passion for street photography. On one of his last strolls through the city, he captured some scenes on the busy streets with the New Russar+ Lens. Read on to learn about his experience photographing with the Russar+ and get insider info on how it is to be a street photographer in the Big Apple.

    1
  • Portraits in Nature with the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens: Elvis Tang

    written by Phyllis Chan on 2016-07-01 #gear #people
    Portraits in Nature with the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens: Elvis Tang

    Elvis is a Hong Kong-based photographer. He started photography because he wanted to capture the last moments of high school life. Soon after, he met some photographers on Instagram and explored his own photography style. Take a look at how he shoots with the Daguerreotype Achromat Lens.

  • Petzval Amigo Xavier Boldú

    written by hannah_brown on 2016-02-04 #people
    Petzval Amigo Xavier Boldú

    Xavier Boldú is a London based photographer who has managed to perfectly capture the full potential of the Petzval 85 lens through his stunning portraits. He shares some of his favorite images and talks about his passion for this bokeh art lens.

    6
  • Shop News

    Check the New Super Sampler Black Panther!

    Check the New Super Sampler Black Panther!

    The ultra-lightweight, low-maintenance 35mm camera that fits perfectly in your hand for some wild and spontaneous shooting!

  • A Salute to the Masters: Ice Skating (A Tribute to Monte Fresco)

    written by sirio174 on 2016-01-09
    A Salute to the Masters: Ice Skating (A Tribute to Monte Fresco)

    This article is dedicated to one of the finest British sport photographers, Monte Fresco. In his 30 years of reportage for the Daily Mirror, he took some of the most iconic photographs in sporting history. He covered football, tennis, and boxing. But it is his ice skating pictures that I am most fascinated with. Using my own lens, I give him a modern tribute.

  • From Experimental to Ordinary: LomoAmigo Martin Dietrich Tests the Minitar-1 Art Lens

    written by Lomography on 2016-01-29 #people
    From Experimental to Ordinary: LomoAmigo Martin Dietrich Tests the Minitar-1 Art Lens

    In order to escape the world of facts and figures, tax auditor Martin Dietrich discovered photography as his creative counterpart almost seven years ago. On a trip to Paris he fell in love with analog photography and the magic of film has been fascinating to him since then. But he also appreciates the benefits of digital photography. For Lomography he tested the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens on his Fuji X-Pro 1 camera. Check out Martin's photos and learn more about the founder of the popular Neoprime magazine.

    3
  • A Salute to the Masters: EXPO 2015 (A Tribute to René Burri)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-11-14
    A Salute to the Masters: EXPO 2015 (A Tribute to René Burri)

    At the end of October last year, René Burri, a great master of photography of the last century, passed away. As a tribute to him, I would like to show you some photos that I took last month at EXPO 2015 in Milan, which was inspired by his series featuring the world's fairs held in Osaka, Okinawa, and Montreal. Take a look!

    3
  • Shop News

    LomoLab: Panoramic & Sprocket Development Services

    LomoLab: Panoramic & Sprocket Development Services

    Panoramic shots are here ready to be processed by our dedicated team experts! Development, prints and scans included. (Service availability depends on your markets)

  • Choe More: Capturing the Spirit of Youth

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-09-17 #people
    Choe More: Capturing the Spirit of Youth

    Choe More refuses to confine his photographic style into a single, pre-cut template. Instead, he prefers to see it as capturing fleeting moments, "about remembering and about feeling," he says. He likes it when emotions, whether positive or otherwise, are stirred within those who look at his photos.

  • Martin Liu:Tracking Wind in Mongolia with the Minitar-1 Art Lens

    written by Lomography on 2016-01-27 #people
    Martin Liu:Tracking Wind in Mongolia with the Minitar-1 Art Lens

    "Photography is a reflection of heart." These are the words of Martin Liu, a documentary, wedding and portrait photographer from Hong Kong. He believes that the photographer must understand the stories, experiences and values of his or her subjects to capture the different faces of love. To capture priceless moments for a smitten pair, he brings the Minitar-1 Lens to Mongolia for a one-of-a-kind shoot. Hear the story behind this shoot, and the rest of Martin Liu's journeys in this exclusive interview.

    1
  • Route 55 Tour Diary With The Knocks

    written by Lomography NYC on 2016-03-03 #people #news
    Route 55 Tour Diary With The Knocks

    Have you heard of The Knocks? If you haven't (and like to dance) you should definitely listen to these new LomoAmigos, whose first headline tour just sold out! The New York-based electronic duo crossed the country on a tour bus and had a Lomo'Instant Wide in tow. They brought back some amazing photos—see them here and learn more about the guys behind the beats. Plus, get a chance to win a camera signed by The Knocks and a copy of their debut album "55"!

  • Shop News

    Lomo'Instant Reykjavik Edition

    Lomo'Instant Reykjavik Edition

    Inspired by the Icelandic midnight sky, get endless creativity, take multiple exposed instant snapshots, experiment with long exposure and light painting shots!

  • Lomo'Instant Wide First Impressions: Matthieu Soudet (NSFW)

    written by mpflawer on 2015-12-16 #people
    Lomo'Instant Wide First Impressions: Matthieu Soudet (NSFW)

    Matthieu Soudet's Petzval photos, like his other work, marry pristine landscapes with the human form. He again exhibits his penchant for mixing the sensual with the serene in a new series of images, this time taken with the Lomo'Instant Wide camera. Learn more about the French photographer in this exclusive interview.

  • Newcomer of the Week: johannb

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-08-30
    Newcomer of the Week: johannb

    Graphic designer Johann Bottos caught the community's attention with his striking black and white landscape photographs. Previsualization is central to his photographic style. Before clicking the shutter, he tends to "wait for a particular moment or weather condition" that fits the image he has in mind. In this interview, he shares more about his passion for shooting on film as well as some of his favorite landscape images.

    4
  • Newcomer of the Week: sandy-sun

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-09-19
    Newcomer of the Week: sandy-sun

    Aside from developing his own black and white negatives, he also crafts pinhole cameras out of ordinary boxes. His dreamy, soft-focus lomographs even inspired some of the community members to go lens-less on their next photo shoot. Let's get to know more about our newcomer of the week from Sheffield, United Kingdom, sandy_sun!

    4