Friday, March 26, 2010

Jim Marshall. whose camera framed our image of rock, is dead

Jim Marshall, one of the great rock & roll photographers, died Wednesday in a New York City hotel of unknown causes. He was 74.

He and photographer Timothy White have a new book "Match Prints."

As you can see from the above photos of Janis Joplin backstage (1968) and Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at Monterey (1967) he had unlimited access in the early days of rock & roll. His photos framed our image of rock. And with his camera he often caught the reality (such that it is) behind the public image.

The causes of his death will probably be known in a couple of weeks.

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