Jim Marshall (photographer)

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Jim Marshall
Born (1936-02-03)February 3, 1936
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died March 24, 2010(2010-03-24) (aged 74)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Photographer

James Joseph Marshall (February 3, 1936, Chicago, Illinois[1] – March 24, 2010, New York City, New York)[2] was a photographer, often of rock stars. He had extended access to numerous musicians through the 1960s and 1970s, including being the only photographer allowed backstage at The Beatles last concert, and chief photographer at Woodstock.


While still in high school he purchased his first camera and began documenting musicians and artists in San Francisco. After serving several years in the Air Force, he returned and moved to New York. He famously photographed Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival, and Johnny Cash at San Quentin.

Known to have at least 1 Leica camera with him at all times, One famous story of a CEO that offered to buy the camera that he used to shoot Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock for $25,000 (in 1973) And a classic response to the offer of "Get the Hell out of here".[citation needed] Marshall was well known in the industry for his portraits of musicians.

Personal life[edit]

He was known for his forceful personality that became something of a celebrity of its own.[3] Not having any children, he used to say "I have no kids," "My photographs are my children."[4] He lived in California, but died in New York on a trip in which he was scheduled to speak in SoHo.

In 1967, he dated Folgers coffee heiress, Abigail Folger. She accompanied him and fellow photographer, Elaine Mayes to the Monterey Pop Festival.[5] Abigail was murdered in 1969 by followers of Charles Manson.


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