This past weekend we stopped by Know Gallery for the opening of Dennis Morris' exhibition of photographs that made up "Bob Marley: Giant." Up through April 12, the show features 28 intimate portraits of Marley and his transcendence from Jamaican music hero to an international symbol of peace and social change.
“He wasn’t a very tall man, but he was a giant of a man. He had immense presence, and the beauty was that it spread on to you. You had to really get your act together.”
“I think when he died, half of Jamaica suffered,” says Morris. “He fed a lot of people, he supported a lot of people emotionally, financially. He put Jamaica on the map.” Marley was like a priest, recalls Morris. People would go to him with their problems and he would give them an answer, and before he went on stage he was “almost like a shaman, drawing inspiration before they walk out to face the masses and give the message. Then he’d walk on stage and the place would light up.”
About the exhibition: The exhibition features 28 intimate portraits and live shots of Bob Marley in black and white and color taken by Dennis Morris and new collabrative work by Shepard Fairey and Dennis Morris.
About Dennis Morris: Dennis Morris is a British-based artist who has used the camera to produce an in-depth body of work on extraordinary individuals. His work is closely associated with music, having created some of the most iconic and memorable images of Bob Marley and the Sex Pistols as well as the Marianne Faithull Broken English album cover, but he has also captured the essence of the Sikh community of Southall (UK), the collection was subsequently bought by English Heritage. He is also created the iconic Public Image Ltd logo and their first two album sleeves, including the Metal Box. Several books of his work have been published, including Bob Marley: A Rebel Life, Destroy on the Sex Pistols and Growing Up Black, a chronicle of Black Britain in the 60s and 70s. His work is well recognized and has been exhibited internationally (Today Art Museum, Beijing; Laforet Museum, Tokyo; Arles Photography Festival, France; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland…). His photographs are included in prestigious public and private collections, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and have appeared in numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, Time, GQ, Vogue, W, Frieze; Lipstick Traces: a Secret History of the Twentieth Century by Greil Marcus, Century by Bruce Bernard, and 100 Days of Active Resistance by Vivienne Westwood.
You should definetly stop by and check out this amazing body of work in person before it comes down! -Amy Duran
Dennis Morris Bob Marley: Giant
Through April 12, 2014