A kaleidoscopic journey through the life of Jim Marshall. The enigmatic rock and roll photographer documented the major cultural events of the sixties, but fell victim of his own excesses.
Jim Marshall knew how to be at the centre of the action. Passionate about photography and music from an early age, he embedded himself in the 1960s counterculture revolution and for twenty years was at the heart of every significant music event.
His iconic photography captured the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones at a key moment in history. With his camera always at his side, he also chronicled a rapidly changing America.
The son of immigrants, Marshall seemed to enjoy posing as a hardass, spiteful gun lover. But his soulful photos belied a soft interior. As friends such as Michael Douglas recall, he was his own worst enemy - an epic cocaine habit drove Marshall away from the big stage.
This latest film in our 'On Photography' series examines Marshall’s rise and fall, and the never failing passion for his art which made him a legend in his own time.
The screening on January 31st was followed by a Q&A with the director and long-standing Jim Marshall collaborator Amelia Davis. The event was hosted hosted by deputy editor of Sight and Sound Keiron Corless.