Grammy Awards posthumously honor rock photographer Jim Marshall


posted Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 1:41 PM EDT

Photograph by Jared Polin, used under a Creative Commons license

Jim Marshall was one of the most famed music photographers of all time. Up until his death in 2010, he produced an unparalleled collection of images of iconic stars and groups. He was the only backstage photographer at the Beatles' last concert, and the chief photographer at Woodstock. And this weekend, the Grammys will recognize his incredible achievements, and will posthumously honor him with a Special Merit Trustee's Award.

The special ceremony, to be held this weekend, will also see lifetime achievement awards for the Beatles, the Isley Brothers, Kris Kristofersson and Kraftwerk.

Marshall was based in San Francisco, and started his career in the 1950s, become one of the most well known musical photographers of his generation. You can see a number of his more famous images on his website, which include the infamous shot of Johnny Cash pulling the middle finger to Marshall's camera.

In recognition of his incredible talent, the Grammys have also posted a written tribute to Marshall by photographer Henry Diltz and musician Graham Nash.

Much like the extremely rare Academy Award for photography, this is far outside the bounds of what the Grammys usually pay tribute to. But it's still an incredible thing to see such a famed photographer so apropriately honored.

(via PDNPulse)