Copyright Jim Marshall

During the extraordinary rise of popular culture and counterculture in the Sixties, Jim Marshall seemed to be everywhere that mattered.
Called the most celebrated and prolific photographer of the 20th century, Marshall is widely known for his iconic music photography. Because Jim lived life alongside his subjects and never betrayed their trust, he was granted second-to-none access. His images of the Monterey Pop Festival, which chronicled the breakout performances of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, were woven into the lore of the era. Marshall also photographed unguarded moments of his subjects, such as Janis Joplin lounging backstage with a bottle of Southern Comfort and Brian Jones and Jimi Hendrix strolling the Monterey Pop Festival fairgrounds. Johnny Cash's groundbreaking concerts for prison reform at Folsom Prison and San Quentin Prison were captured in the lens of Marshall's camera. In a career that ended with his untimely death in 2010, Marshall shot more than 500 album covers; his photographs are in private and museum collections around the world.
Posthumously, Jim Marshall holds the distinction of being the first and only photographer to be presented with the Recording Academy's Trustee Award, an honorary Grammy presented to individuals for nonperformance contributions to the music industry. The award was bestowed on the Jim Marshall estate in 2014 in recognition of Marshall 's unprecedented chronicling of music history from the 1950s through the early 2000s.
Marshall saw himself as an anthropologist and a journalist, visually recording the changing times and explosion of creativity and celebrity of the '60s and '70s. He immersed himself in that world more than any other photographer and, in doing so, emerged an icon for a new generation of music, art, and photography lovers. His images employed a minimum of artifice to document people and events. Not interested in conventional beauty or technical perfection, Marshall sought to capture character: the simple truth of whom a person is. His photo essays on civil rights and political unrest are a testament to his concern for the human condition.

Marshall is widely celebrated for his rock and roll photography. What has remained almost completely unseen until now is his incredible jazz archive. Marshall’s earliest music photos were taken in the jazz clubs he loved and frequented and during the 1960s he photographed the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals. Newport and Monterey were the first popular music festivals, taking place during one of the most important moments in the annuls of jazz. With his inimitable eye, Marshall captured the freedom, the excitement and the intimacy of these joyful celebrations of jazz. Effortlessly cool, Marshall immortalized not only the thrill of the performers and their private, unguarded moments but the unique atmosphere and sense of lightness and openness among the crowd; old and young, black and white. These extraordinary images reflect Jim Marshall’s unique talent and lifelong desire to “capture the perfect moment”. This unique collection is taken from a new book, Jim Marshall: Jazz Festival, from publisher Reel Art Press.

Jim Marshall and Leica Camera are synonymous. Jim bought his first Leica in 1959 for $50 down and twelve $24 monthly payments. This was the beginning of his fascination with Leica cameras, which led to his collection of twenty different Leica M bodies along with thirty or more Leica lenses with Leicavits modified to fit all of his Leica M bodies. Jim used his beloved Leica cameras up until his death in 2010. Before Jim walked out his front door, he always reached for a Leica to put on his shoulder. It was a ritual he performed every day of his life. Every iconic photograph Jim took was captured with his Leica camera. As Jim once said, “it’s never been just a job it’s been my life.”

Experience Jim Marshall's "Jazz Festival" at the Leica Gallery LA:

Show Dates:
June 15 – July 31

Guest Lecture & Book Signing - Presented by Amelia Davis, sole owner of the Jim Marshall archive of photography:
June 15th, 5-6pm

Opening Reception:
June 15th, 6-8pm

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Jim Marshall - Jim Marshall's "Jazz Festival"

06/15/2017 - 07/31/2017

Leica Gallery Los Angeles

8783 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048

Phone: 424-777-0341

Opening hours:
Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm

Complementary valet parking is available Monday through Friday in the parking lot to the right of the store.