Portrait of a Rocker
If long-lost portraits of the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan are your bag, then you’re about to open up a pretty sweet bag. Music photographer Jim Marshall reached legendary status long ago thanks to an uncanny ability to catch rock stars looking decidedly un-rockstar-like. One eye in the mirror, watching themselves, etc. The beasts are tempered only momentarily, just long enough to steal a knowing glance before the next bell.
We invite you to step into his ring…
The majority of Marshall’s collection was never published. Since his death in 2010, his longtime assistant Amelia Davis, who now runs the estate, has been digging through millions of negatives.
“He had an innate sense and a natural ability to pick a photo that was spot on and that represented the musicians—they were his friends, and they trusted him.”
The first harvest, Jim Marshall: The Rolling Stones and Beyond, opened yesterday at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City, where it will run through September 8.
Wild things run fast…
- — C. Brian Smith