Author(s): Jim Marshall
132 pages, 125 b/w and colour photos The Beatles racing across Candlestick Park at the end of their final public performance; Johnny Cash pausing to give the camera a middle finger salute before playing to inmates at San Quentin; a weary Janis Joplin backstage, keeping a whisky bottle company. Jim Marshall captured each of these iconic images with his camera. But what of the other shots taken during these legendary moments? For the first time, Marshall shares his contact sheets from the sittings, concerts and sessions that surround his most famous pictures. Over 60 proof sheets are shown in their entirety, along with the final chosen hero shot on the facing page. This booksheds new lights on Marshall's talents for revealing on film the essence of his subjects, from the celebrated musicians, actors, writers and performers, to everyday people from San Fransico to the Appalachia. A rare glimpse into a great photographer's creative process, Proof provides a behind-the-scenes look at the making of some of the most pre-eminent inmages of our time.
To say it's rare for a photographer to publish his proof sheets is an understatement. It's almost unheard of. As Chronicle Senior Pop Music Critic Joel Selvin says in his excellent introduction, "Proof sheets are like a look behind the curtain at the Wizard of Oz."
This extraordinary book is laid out with the proof sheet of a film roll on the left page of each spread and, on the right, the selected shot from the roll -- such as a doleful Janis Joplin backstage holding her Southern Comfort bottle, Bob Dylan rolling a tire down the street in Greenwich Village, Jimi Hendrix in his Sgt. Pepper jacket at Monterey Pop or the Beatles trudging across the field at Candlestick Park at their last live concert. Sharp and pithy anecdotes provide the context for each selected shot. -San Francisco Chronicle
Jim Marshall has worked most of his career in the music business doing magazine and editorial work, publicity, documentary, photography, and album/CD covers. He was one of the chief photographers at the Monterey Pop Festival and at the original Woodstock, the only photographer granted backstage access at the Beatles' last concert, and the only person ever to squeeze Janis Joplin and Grace Slick into a single frame. Marshall has more than five hundred alburn and CD covers to his credit. His work has been published worldwide and is included in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian.