Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, 1968
Amelia Davis:“Johnny Cash giving the finger is [Marshall's] most iconic image and a lot of people don’t know that Johnny Cash really rallied for prisoner reform. That’s why he gave the free concerts at Folsom Prison and San Quentin State Prison, to really draw attention to prisoner reform because he felt that everybody deserves quality of life even if you are a prisoner.
That image resonates with people for change, fuck the establishment, all that kind of stuff. A lot of people use it illegally and reproduce it.
“When Johnny Cash went to those two concerts, he asked Jim to be his photographer. Jim was the only photographer at those two concerts. Jim was taking some photos during sound check and he looked at Johnny and said ‘Hey Johnny, give me one for the warden.’ And that’s when he flipped his finger so that’s what that was in response to.
"That image resonates with people for change, fuck the establishment, all that kind of stuff. A lot of people use it illegally and reproduce it. Jim was very vigilant during his lifetime, and we are after his lifetime, to protect the copyright for that. Especially with the Internet, photography is very accessible. Photographs are ripped off all the time and are not credited to the photographers and that’s a big issue."