Documentary by Alfred George Bailey explores Marshall's incredible work, complex life
If you don't know the name Jim Marshall, you know his work. The image above of Jimi Hendrix is one of an incredible number of iconic pictures he took of music's leading figures in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and beyond.
Cameras strapped over his chest like bandoliers, he documented the young Bob Dylan, Hendrix and Janis Joplin in their prime, Johnny Cash throughout his career, the moods of Miles Davis, a reflective John Coltrane, the genius after hours--Ray Charles. As Amelia Davis, executive producer of Show Me the Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall, told me, no one will ever have access like that again and a parallel moment in popular culture will never happen again either.
The documentary premiered at SXSW in the 24 Beats Per Second category, a section devoted to music-related films. I spoke with Davis and director Alfred George Bailey at the Moody Theater at ACL Live in downtown Austin, Texas, which devoted a gallery space to some of Marshall's stunning photography.
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.