Am I the only one who's noticed the coincidence that the same week that Jimi Hendrix's collection of unreleased music from 1968-1971 debuted at #4 on Billboard's top 100, it also marked the passing of Jim Marshall, arguably the best rock & roll photographer ever whose most famous pictures were of ...Jimi Hendrix! 2010 has marked the passing of a number of notable photographers already: within this month, celebrity fashion photographer Peter Gowland, famed civil rights photographer Charles Moore and Bill Taub, NASA's senior photographer from their first days upto the end of the Apollo program. We've seen their photographs in our history books and they've been etched in our minds in the fleeting moments it took to see them; Dr Martin Luther King arrested at the lunch counter in Memphis in 1958 or John Glenn entering Friendship 7 in 1962. And the same goes for Jim Marshall, although he'd be amused if his shots made a high school history book. You've seen his photos at one time or another as well; The Beatles at their last live concert in 1965, Jimi setting his guitar on fire at Monterey & Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison were all his. Even Annie Leibowitz called him "THE rock & roll photographer". Take a moment to see a New York Times slide show of some of his work: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/03/24/arts/20100325-MARSHALL_index.html The images these men produced only reinforces what photographer Freeman Patterson once said : " The camera always points both ways. In expressing your subject it also expresses you." In capturing public figures & events that became footnotes to history, they offered to us glimpses to the power of photography & how they affect us in everyday life. R.I.P. Gentlemen...
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