Nearly 40 years ago, Jim Marshall embarked on The Rolling Stones 1972 tour as their official life photographer. After starting his career in photography in 1958, Marshall gained unrivaled access to jazz and rock artists throughout the 1960s and 1970s. From Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival in 1967 to Bob Dylan kicking a tire around Greenwich Village, Marshall's ability to be in the right place at the right time turned into a vast estate of iconic images.
"That’s the beauty of Jim, he just seemed to be everywhere that mattered," says Amelia Davis, longtime sidekick, assistant, and sole beneficiary of his estate. "Whether that was fate or luck or meant to be, Jim just always seemed to be there."
Davis along with Michelle Margetts, a lifelong friend and once girlfriend of Marshall, who was 19 at the time she dated 46-year-old Marshall, maintain Davis' legacy on his website and blog.
"I think he captured moments in history, very pivotal moments and he was just an incredible photographer," Davis says. "Jim was that way, when he befriended you, when he loved you, you were his friend for life, whether you liked it or not."
Marshall passed away two years ago in New York City and his legacy will be remembered this summer at the Steven Kasher Gallery, which will feature his photography in the AIPAD Photography Show beginning today.
"This will be introducing Jim’s work to a whole new crowd of collectors because a lot of people tend to pigeonhole Jim as as music photographer and he’s so much more than that," Davis says. "I think photography in general has really not been accepted as a fine-art over the years. It’s sculpture, it’s painting. You know, photography has always been the bastard step-child that nobody wanted to look at."
Davis sat down to share the history and stories behind a handful of Marshall's most iconic images.