OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017, 6PM - 8PM
Talk • Book Release • Live jazz performance throughout the event
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EXHIBIT DURATION: AUGUST 10 – OCTOBER 7, 2017
Leica Store San Francisco is excited to announce its upcoming exhibition, Jazz Festival, featuring photographs by the preeminent photojournalist and music photographer, Jim Marshall.
Jim Marshall (1936-2010) grew up in the Fillmore District of San Francisco, California. At an early age, he fell in love with music and cameras and began photographing with a box camera. He was a fixture in San Francisco’s North Beach coffeehouses and soon was photographing resident musicians throughout the city with his Leica rangefinder. Jim’s big break came after a chance run in with John Coltrane and afterwards went on to shoot such jazz greats as Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, among others. After spending two years in New York to become established, he returned to San Francisco for good and began shooting for Rolling Stone and Time Magazine.
Marshall is widely celebrated for his rock and roll photography. What has remained almost completely unseen until now is his incredible jazz archive. Marshall's earliest music photos were taken in the jazz clubs he loved and frequented and during the 1960s he photographed the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals. Newport and Monterey were the first popular music festivals, taking place during one of the most important moments in the annuls of jazz. With his inimitable eye, Marshall captured the freedom, excitement and intimacy of these joyful celebrations of jazz. Effortlessly cool, Marshall immortalized not only the thrill of the performers and their private, unguarded moments but the unique atmosphere and sense of lightness and openness among the crowd; old and young, black and white. These extraordinary images reflect Jim Marshall's unique talent as a photographer and celebrate the range of jazz musicians that he interacted with throughout his career.
All photographic prints featured during the exhibition will be available for sale, framed or unframed, in addition to copies of Jim Marshall: Jazz Festival, published by Reel Art Press.
To celbrate the exhibition and new book, Leica Camera is also pleased to present a limited edition Leica camera set in homage to Jim Marshall. There will be only 50 "Jim Marshall Sets" offered worldwide, which include a brass plated Leica M Monochrom (black and white) with a special "Laiton" finish with an inscription of Jim Marshall's autograph, as well as a 50mm f/1.4 lens. Also included in the set is a limited-edition Jim Marshall estate print (Thelonious Monk at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1964) and a numbered edition copy of the book Jim Marshall: Jazz Festival.