Jim Marshall: Not Fade Away

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by DD (Rox), Oct 13, 2005.

  1. DD (Rox)

    DD (Rox) Guest

    I received this book from www.jimmarshallvault.com a couple of days ago
    and looking through the pictures this self-proclaimed "fucking outlaw"
    took during the 60's and early 70's re-affirms my conviction that there
    is just nothing to beat a good roll of black and white film and a Leica
    M for this type of photography.

    The photographs are of musicians (mostly dead now) from that particular
    era. Some truly haunting shots, like the one of Janis Joplin reclining
    on a sofa with a bottle of Southern Comfort in her hand, Duanne Allman
    practising guitar in a hotel bathroom, and one that stands out for me as
    being truly awesome is that of Jimi Hendrix during a soundcheck - not
    the one used on the cover of the book, but another shot of him smiling
    during the same soundcheck. His smile was warmth embodied.

    Marshall had the inside track on most of his subjects at the time which
    explains why he was able to capture these artists as well as he did.
    Today's photographers just don't get allowed close enough, which is a
    shame and is, I suppose, indicative of just how sterile modern music has
    become to us, given that it is mostly "manufactured" by producers and
    record label execs trying to promote their artists "image".

    Apparently Marshall has an archive of some 20,000 rolls of film from the
    period and unlike most other photographers of the day he insisted on
    retaining the rights to his work. In some cases he even went as far as
    physical violence against editors who he felt had used his photos to
    illustrate poor editorial of the artist in question.

    Anyway, if you haven't already seen it, take a look at Jim Marshall's
    work by visiting the site or ordering the book (signed by him) for $50.
    A must-have for anyone who digs the music of the 60's and 70's, Leicas,
    or good old fashioned Tri-X photos.
    DD (Rox), Oct 13, 2005
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  2. DD (Rox)

    Guest Guest

    I had the pleasure of meeting him in Palo Alto many years ago and he had
    a Nikon F around his neck. I have also seen shots of him with an F. I
    never really knew he used Leica, stupid me but I was just keen on his
    pics not really caring about what gear he used. At any rate he really did
    some great work. I myself have been having a ball lately with an old
    Spotmatic and 99 cent store Konica Film. I can hear some of you moaning
    now but the shots don't look half bad and one record label may be using
    one for a CD cover. Go figure.
    Guest, Nov 8, 2005
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  3. DD (Rox)

    DD Guest

    You met Jim Marshall? How cool is that! He's my favourite photographer.

    According to a recent article I read about him in Digital Photographer
    (yes, they featured a film shooter), he still has a Nikon or two, but he
    says he seldom uses them. His usual approach is to go into a shoot
    carrying four Leica M's, each with their own lens. Apparently he doesn't
    ever change lenses, he changes bodies.

    I am currently wrestling with a big issue of whether to purchase a Leica
    M6 or the new whizz-bang Nikon D200. This is keeping me up at night!

    I think I would probably get more satisfaction from the M6, but I would
    use the D200 more often.
    DD, Nov 8, 2005
  4. DD (Rox)

    Guest Guest

    I think you said it all in this last line.

    Meeting Mr. Marshall was very cool. He was very humble and just standing
    in line at a camera shop waiting his turn to purchase some used lenses.
    He asked if I had a real F with me, sort of a joke. We chatted briefly
    about Nikons and that was it.
    Guest, Nov 8, 2005
  5. DD (Rox)

    DD Guest

    That would have been a surreal moment for me.

    He has a new book out called "Proof", which looks quite interesting. It
    is pretty much the same collection of pictures form the 60's and 70's as
    Not Fade Away, but in addition to the main pictures they have published
    his proof sheets from the same roll, along with the reasons why he chose
    a particular shot.

    I was just reading his intro to NFA again last night and in many ways
    his approach to photography is exactly the same as mine. Trust,
    simplicity and above all, let the photo stand not as a reflection of
    your style, but that of your subject.
    DD, Nov 9, 2005
  6. DD (Rox)

    Guest Guest

    Yep, I am having more fun in the last few months with an old Pentax
    Spotty and 99 cent store film. I am getting some damn good pics too and
    even scanning the drugstore prints on a cheap flatbed is producing some
    interesting images. For me it is more art than tech which is why I like
    Jim Marshall's stuff too. Some of the best work I have seen in years is
    from an Italian named Michele Lazzarotto from Padua. He shoots slides and
    then projects them onto scuptures and statues and then re-shoots them
    with print film. Great stuff. He also does very good B&W portraits that
    remind me a lot of Jim Marshall.
    Guest, Nov 9, 2005
  7. DD (Rox)

    Annika1980 Guest

    Jim Marshall was a pretty good player, but he was no Carl Eller.
    Annika1980, Nov 9, 2005
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