Jim Marshall passed away.

It was last week and Jim was in New York. I was sitting at a dinner in Orlando surrounded by photographers, authors and Photoshop masters. I was in the middle of discussing the state of concert photography with Atlanta based photographer Zack Arias, when we heard the news. There was a stunned silence and feeling of disbelief. The following day, I was scheduled to teach a class on concert photography. I started the class with a tribute to the man inspired me to be a concert photographer.

Jim Marshall changed my life.

When I look at Jim’s work I see the music. I feel the music. Looking at his images I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to shoot Rock ‘n Roll. I have been lucky enough to do just that.

Jim Marshall inspires me.

To this day, every time I see a Jim Marshall photograph it shows me how far I still have to go. He makes me want to take better photographs.

I’ll miss Jim.

for more on Jim, go to http://www.marshallphoto.com/