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Over the years, we have seen some amazing, groundbreaking musical performances. Some will go down in history. Others will hold a special place in our hearts.

Throughout quite a few of those performances, rock ‘n roll photographer Jim Marshall was there, taking pictures of some of the most famous faces in music entertainment. With his recent death at 74 years old, we remember his life and his images.

Marshall, who died in his sleep on Tuesday night, focused on the unique personalities of the human beings in his photos. His black and white images cut to the core of some of the well-known musicians from the 60s and 70s. Some of the photos were taken during musical performances, while others focused on musicians offstage.

According to the New York Times, his most famous pictures were of Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire. He captured a raw energy coming from Jimi as he doused the instrument in gasoline. Others include the famous image of Johnny Cash giving the middle finger and Janis Joplin backstage with a bottle of Southern Comfort.

View a slide show of his photographs here.

Because of his reputation he was able to get access to many of the most prestigious shows. In some cases, he was the only photographer allowed in certain venues.

That being said, we thank him for his historical journey into the lives of famous musicians. We now have great rock ‘n roll images that we will never forget.

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Yesterday, the National Geographic Society announced that it will begin to release and sell some of its unseen photographs. Those pictures will come from a collection of work from the 20th century, ranging from people to animals to landscape designs.

One of the many photographs National Geographic has released. Photo from nytimes.com.

One of the many photographs National Geographic has released. Photo from nytimes.com.

For right now, all the photographs being released will be black and white. After they’ve focused on those prints, they will begin to release color pictures as well.

William Bonner, the Society’s archivist, thinks it’s a shame that so many beautiful pictures have gone unseen by the public. Most were never published in National Geographic Magazine.

View the slideshow of some of the newly released photographs.

Unfortunately, for those of us who are counting the change in our pockets, most of the photographs’ prices will be anywhere between $3,000 and over $10,000.

Perhaps part of the reason for this is that many of the photographs the Society has are the originals — that means only one copy. Obviously, prints will be made for selling, but in the art world, there’s nothing like jacking up the price of a work of art.

The new photographs from the National Geographic Society will be put on display in the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea, NY. The artwork will premiere on September 17, 2009 and will feature 150 vintage prints.

Still want to find out more? Read the full New York Times article ‘Treasures from an Underground Trove.’

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