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CONNECTION: PAMELA LITTKY
ON JIM MARSHALL
photographer pamela littky, who took the photo of actor,
writer and director Steve martin that appears on our cover and is included in littky’s new promotion (page 34), believes the difference between
a great portrait and a ho-hum one is chemistry. “what’s fun and exciting is to have a rapport so you can bring something out of your subject.
when that’s achieved, it’s amazing,” she says. littky, who got her start
in music photography, says what she’s long admired about the work of
the legendary music photographer Jim marshall is his obvious chemistry
with the subjects he photographed, including Johnny cash, Bob Dylan,
Janis Joplin, the Beatles and the rolling Stones.
“i think that what he did so well and what i think is really evident in
Mick Jagger, photographed by Jim Marshall backstage at the Forum,
Los Angeles, 1972. This image is included in The Rolling Stones 1972,
published recently by Chronicle Books.
his work is that he clearly had a rapport with whoever he was shooting,”
she says of marshall, who died in 2010. “i think that’s what makes any
portrait special and what i love about photography.”
the late photographer’s ability to capture spontaneous moments is
evident in the images he shot during the rolling Stones tour that is the
subject of The Rolling Stones 1972, published in 2012 by chronicle Books,
with a foreword by keith richards. images from the tour are on display
through January at emp museum in Seattle and through february at the
British music experience in london.
littky says, “i’ve been in that situation, backstage with a band. they
never want to have an outsider around.” She notes, however, that to get
his photo of mick Jagger slouched on the floor, marshall must have been
inches from the musician’s face, and achieved enough familiarity with
the band that his presence was accepted. littky notes, “that’s part of the
great Jim marshall, that he could achieve that.”