Jim Marshall - The Dusty Wright Show

Photographer Jim Marshall shares stories from behind his lens and the trust afforded him by many of rock music's biggest icons.

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Jim took a picture of me when I was 17. I was sitting on the lap of man who was 50 years older than I. His white beard was as long as his hair. The sun was streaming through the window which casted a glow that harmonized with the cigarette smoke swirling around our faces. This was towards the end of the the bohemian period.


I had the great pleasure of getting to know Jim when I was working in San Fransico. He was not only a iconic Photographer but a truly wonderful person. I could sit for hours listening to him talk. And I have to say he gave his heart out to people he felt a kinder spirit with. I am blessed to have known him and am heartbroken we have lost him. Here's to you Jim.
Love Michelle

Jim Marshall

I loved Dusty Wright's interview with Jim Marshall. It reminded me of my many conversations with Jim. I had been the head of exhibits at the California Academy of Sciences, a large natural history museum in San Francisco, when I met Jim. He seemed to love the place and the zany people in our office. Our numerous lunches together were like a Ph.D class in contemporary music society. He knew the people behind the music. I've worked with many great photographers including Ansel Adams, Galen Rowell, Imogene Cunningham, Robert Mapplethorpe, Al Giddings, Frans Lanting. In each case it's a passion for the subject matter that gives them access to it. Jim had a passion for the people who gave birth to jazz, blues, folk, rock&roll. He will be greatly missed. I had hoped to develop a traveling exhibit of his work, along with other media. Maybe that will happen when our Mermaid Isle here in Ireland sells and we return to the San Francisco area.

Kevin O'Farrell

Jim Marshall

Thoroughly enjoyed this interview!! I met Jim on Feb. 6, 2010 (after seeing him briefly years ago, in the 90's) and he and Henry Diltz posed with me. I was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. He and Henry were part of a "Monsters of Rock Photography" seminar hosted by Graham Nash in Seattle at the EMP. I bought a copy of "Trust" and had him sign it while he was there. He saw the book, said "Oh, you got Trust". I will miss him.

If there's a rock and roll

If there's a rock and roll heaven, I know he'll shoot a hell of a band.

Much love Jim


Jim Marshall was a one-of-a-kind photographer and a one-in-a-million guy.

Iconic images, a tremendous eye, a no-bullshit guy.

I met Jim in The Village during a book signing and our paths crossed again in the American Airlines lounge, flying back to California from Photo Plus two years ago.

He talked I listened.
He talked, I learned.
He talked and I was amazed.

One of rock 'n roll's masters, who gave us the images from which we'll remember the day, has left the planet. But his mark will forever be on it, and all of us who were touched by him.

It is truly one of those days when a little more of the music died.