Jazz Festival by Jim Marshall

In the Leica Studio Mayfair

17 – 28 March 2017

A rare collection of photographs from the latest coffee table book by Reel Art Press.

Jim Marshall and Leica Camera are synonymous.

Jim bought his first Leica in 1959, this purchase lead to a lifelong fascination with the iconic image maker and to a private collection of over 50 Leica pieces including various M bodies and Leicavit lenses.

Every time Jim walked out of his front door, he reached for a Leica to put on his shoulder. It was a ritual he performed every day of his life. Every iconic photograph Jim took was captured with his Leica camera. As he once said, “it’s never been just a job, it’s been my life”. Jim used his much-loved Leica cameras until his death in 2010.

Shot on the photographer’s beloved Leica M cameras, ‘Jazz Festival’ captures both the thrill of the performers and the atmosphere of the crowds, immortalising iconic behind-the-scenes moments at the Newport and Monterey jazz festivals throughout the 1960s, and represents some of Jim’s earliest photographic work

With his inimitable eye, he captured the freedom, the excitement and the intimacy of these joyful celebrations of jazz. Effortlessly cool, Jim has preserved not only the performers and their private, unguarded moments, but the unique atmosphere and sense of lightness and openness of the audience; old and young, black and white. These extraordinary images reflect Jim Marshall’s unique talent and lifelong desire to ‘capture the perfect moment’.

Jim saw himself as an anthropologist and a journalist, visually recording the changing times and explosion of creativity and celebrity of the 1960s and 1970s. His photo essays on civil rights and political unrest are a testament to his concern for the human condition.

His images of pop culture icons Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Brian Jones and Johnny Cash, amongst many, are mementos of the 1960s revolutionary musical scene.

All photographs in this exhibition are taken from a new book chronicling Jim’s jazz festival
photography, Jim Marshall: Jazz Festival, and are available for sale.