An installation of Jim Marshall’s photographs will be on display from Thursday February 13th until Tuesday February 25th on our 6th floor.
During the most extraordinary times in popular culture, Jim Marshall seemed to be everywhere that mattered.
Marshall, who is widely known for his iconic music photography, lived alongside his subjects, building trust, and enjoying exclusive access to their lives. Uninterested in conventional beauty or technical perfection, Marshall sought to capture character: the simple truth of who a person was. He photographed some of the most iconic figures in music history such as Miles Davis, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles. Marshall was the only photographer to shoot The Beatles Last Live Concert at Candlestick Park and Johnny Cash at his groundbreaking Live Concert at Folsom Prison, a testament to the trust he built with artists.
Marshall saw himself as an anthropologist and a journalist, visually recording the counter-culture and explosion of creativity and celebrity in the 60’s and 70’s. His photo essays on civil rights and political unrest affirm his concern for the human condition. A love for street photography led him to start documenting the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) peace symbol while in between assignments. Marshall’s peace sign photographs were taken across America, mainly between 1961 and 1968, and chart the progression of the symbol from a “Ban the Bomb” specific protest, to an internationally recognized symbol of peace.
Marshall’s unexpected death in 2010 was mourned worldwide by the photographic community. Amelia Davis, Marshall’s long-time studio manager and friend, executive produced the 2019 feature length documentary Show Me The Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall. The film is an unflinching look at the man behind the lens and commemorates Marshall’s career, life, and legacy. It will be screened at Fotografiska New York on February 14th and February 15th.