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Press Release


March 17 through April 23, 2005
Reception for the Artist, Thursday, March 17, 7 – 9 p.m.

The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present "Proof," photographs by renowned Rock and Roll photographer Jim Marshall. For the first time, Marshall shares his contact sheets from the sittings, concerts and sessions that surround his most famous pictures. "Proof" reproduces over sixty proof sheets and accompanying idol shots. Published in his recent book of the same title (Proof, Chronicle Books, 2004), the images are an exceptional look into Marshall's creative process. He explains, "I think my style is that I don't have a style - I never do anything the same twice. When you see my pictures, it's about the person in the photograph, not me - not the guy behind the lens."

The exhibition will show Marshall's proof sheets in large format as well as the famous single selection that was chosen. Each proof sheet represents a roll of film. Revealing a wealth of details, the sheets give us a visual story of the moments before and after those decisive shots. Marshall reveals, "When I'm able to capture the essence of my subject and show something of what they do or reveal who this person is, then I've achieved what I want to do. It's such an elusive thing, and sometimes I feel like a sniper waiting for that shot or moment to happen."

Jim Marshall's photographs from the 1960's and 1970's are the most memorable of the era. Bob Dylan pushing a tire down the street, Janis Joplin lounging backstage, or Jonny Cash giving his preferred gesture are among infamous moments that Marshall was able to capture. He penetrated their world and not only became an eyewitness, but he also became a friend and comrade. Marshall explains, " I feel that in my photographs there is a trust given by the artists. When I point the camera at somebody, there's a covenant, and I will not violate that trust."

Having worked on innumerable assignments for periodicals, including Rolling Stone, Life, Saturday Evening Post and Newsweek, Marshall is also responsible for more than 500 album and CD covers. He has co-authored and collaborated on such publications as Early Dylan (Bulfinch, 1999), Not Fade Away (Bulfinch, 1997), and Monterey Pop (Chronicle Books, 1992). His work has been published worldwide and is included in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian.