Show Me the Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall

Alfred George Bailey

IndieLisboa 2020 •

United Kingdom, United States, Documentary, 2019, 92′

Much of what we know about the musical mythology and counterculture of the 60’s we owe to the images and the photographic talent of Jim Marshall. He captured many important photos of musicians like Bob Dylan or The Rolling Stones and historical moments like The Beatles last concert, Johnny Cash’s concerts at Folsom prison or Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar. This film chronicles the life of a singular artist, behind and outside his camera.

“I do see the music. This career has never been just a job, it’s been my life.” 

Jim Marshall – rock n’roll photographer – is the author of emblematic images of the history of music. Jimmy Hendrix setting his guitar aflame at stage, Miles Davis sitting in a boxing ring, the boyish Bob Dylan following a stray tire down a New York street, Johnny Cash gesturing with his middle finger, Janin Joplin at home, or The Beatles in them last concert. There are countless moments captured by Marshall that became famous. A man of intense temperament, a life of excess and battling inner demons, who was loved or hated, there was no in-between. “If he loved you, he would lie down in front of a truck for you. If he hated you, he would happily drive the truck over you.”, says Amelia Davis, owner of Jim Marsall Photography LLC.

The portrait of the photographer who lived and died like an autentic rockstar that shows us his work and some of the most important moments in music. (Helena César)