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Trust: Photographs of Jim Marshall

Published by Omnibus

Jan 11, 2010 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

For the past 50 years, Jim Marshall has devoted himself to photographing musicians. But more than just taking pictures, Marshall had a knack for capturing moments, snapshots of when the music and the individual collided, which, in turn, revealed something special or private about the artist. His pictures were often windows into the souls of those who were so revered but not always understood. In many cases his pictures have become as famous as the artists themselvesDylan rolling a tire down the street in Greenwich Village, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, Hendrix setting his guitar on fire at Monterey Pop, Janis Joplin atop her painted Porsche.

Trust is the first time Marshall has compiled images from his archive of color photographs in book form. The title refers to Marshall’s notion that having the artists’ trust is what led to his being able to take such revealing photos. And these pictures certainly could not have been taken without Marshall’s unfettered access to the artists he’s portraying. Dr. John sits backstage in full concert regalia, beside him a shrunken human head. Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash casually chat on the set of The Johnny Cash Show. John Coltrane looks contemplative in the backyard of his Queens, NY home. The vast majority of pictures in Trust are split among jazz, blues, and ‘60s rock and roll, with the odd (and out of place) later photos of Fred Durst, John Mayer, or the guys from Velvet Revolver inexplicably thrown in. The photographs are paired with short anecdotes about the artists or stories about the images, and in doing this, Marshall lends just enough of his own story to the pictures he presents. But largely, it is Marshall’s body of work that does the talking, and, in that, these photographs are revelatory. (

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October 16th 2010

photographing musicians is an exciting job.lots of concentration and perfect timing of the shoot is necessary to get a good picture.I think a well taken picture is more appreciated than the musician.

January 9th 2011

A story in Trust: The Photographs Of Jim Marshall—a book of pictures and words. It is a recorded set of iconic images that will take you on a magical history tour of rock music from the sixties into the new century—is about how he had to shoot the Who. The band was asleep and he had to get them out of bed for the shoot. When you look at the expressions on their faces you can see they were not all that pleased with the situation. But what is more interesting is that with all the fancy clothing they were wearing, they actually come off looking good. Marshall says that someone should try to get a superstar band out of bed today for a shoot. “Rolex Prices

January 10th 2011

A recurrent subtext of voyeurism runs through Trust: Photographs of Jim Marshall. The connotation isn’t seedy or even surreptitious, mind you, but rather it surfaces in how its subjects often seem oblivious to being so intently observed, let alone professionally photographed. Edited by Dave Brolan, Trust renders an evocative and, at times, poignant look through the lens of renowned photographer Jim Marshall, who in his extensive (and still ongoing) career has documented some of music’s most iconic events (Monterey, Woodstock, Altamont) as well as its most influential artists.Marshall’s own annotations accompany each photo, lending insight and endearing reminiscences. And while assorted portraits fill out the pages. “Rolex Prices

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June 29th 2011

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