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Bob Marley (BM001ABAL)

Bob Marley photographer Allan Ballard (1943-2011)

Catalogue No: BM001ABAL Artist(s): Bob Marley (and the Wailers) Location: Primrose Hill, London, UK Date: 5th June 1977 Era: The 1970's Edition: Rockarchive Edition 50 Print type: Giclée Print Paper type: Archival 310gsm cotton based rag paper


Photographer Allan Ballard recalls, "I had first met Bob Marley the year before this in Germany, he took a break from touring and came by my studio in Primrose Hill. He was in such a fantastic mode that day, really playful."

Bob Marley is pictured here in a fabulous and very rare studio shoot. He had just finished the European part of his 'Exodus' tour (playing his last gig at the Rainbow Theatre in London). From show to show sometimes an additional song was edged in the middle of the setlist (especially during the Rainbow Theatre shows when Marley widely varied the setlists), like "Jammin'", "Positive Vibration", "Concrete Jungle", "Crazy Baldhead", "Running Away", "Trenchtown Rock", "Natural Mystic", "So Much Things To Say" and "Guiltiness". Live performances of each of these songs happened very rarely during the tour.

“Today most of the images we see of Marley come from the same few photographs, with the singer looking composed, eyes closed, deific. Those three or four shots are the basis for almost every mural, album cover and student poster of him – but do little to reveal the person. Yet the contact sheet from Ballard’s shoot shows a sequence of off-guard Marleys:  running his fingers through his hair, sitting cross-legged, larking about. Perhaps if just one of those shots were blown up to the size of a billboard, Marley would once again seem messiah-like. But in the movement from shot-to-shot, his humanity is revealed.”    - Sam Wolfson, The Guardian, 2018

This is a limited edition of 50 fine art prints. The remaining prints in this edition come complete with a certified Allan Ballard stamp. Please contact us at info@rockarchive.com regarding our current availability of limited edition prints signed by Allan Ballard.

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A1 £791.67
A0 £1,250.00
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    At Rockarchive we carefully select the best print-type to optimise each individual photograph. We have chosen to print this image as a giclée fine art print produced in our London studio.

    A giclée print is the most popular way of producing great quality collectable prints in the digital age. It is produced is by scanning an original negative. The image is then outputed onto the chosen paper using specialist inks to make a beautiful archival print. 

    Paper type

    This giclée print will be produced on archival 310gsm cotton based rag paper. Photo Rag paper is the most popular choices amongst professional printers as it produces high quality fine art prints with excellent clarity and depth.  

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