Saturday, March 27, 2010

The passing of two renowned photographers

In this week alone, the world has lost two brilliant photographers who created iconic works in their respective field. Rock-and-roll photographer Jim Marshall, 74, gave us incredible images of music legends such as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong. The legendary rock-and-roll photographer was noted for his candid shots of music celebrities, including a controversial backstage shot of Janis Joplin in 1968.

Jim Marshall was collaborating with photographer Timothy White on a new book “Match Prints” just before his death. He passed away in his sleep on March 24 2010 at a hotel in New York.

Peter Gowland photographing Raquel Welch in 1964

Peter Gowland was renowned for his glamour photographer for pin-up calendars in the 30s to 50s. His photography skills were in high demand with the Ridge Tool Company, who engaged his services to shoot for the company’s calendar that hung proudly in almost every auto body shops during that era. Peter Gowland was an equally talented engineer and machinist, producing incredibly lightweight and sturdy large format cameras to be used in the field. The approachable and knowledgeable photographer was popular amongst photography enthusiasts who wanted to fabricate their own custom large format cameras. 93-year old Peter Gowland left behind his legacy of 40-years of glamour photography, and exceptional hand-built cameras (click here to learn more) when he passed away on March 17 2010.

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