Jim Marshall: Peace

Jim Marshall: Peace


Foreword by Shepard Fairey. Text by Peter Doggett. Afterword by Joan Baez.

The life of a symbol, in the streets and on the subway—a plea for a peaceful world

Jim Marshall: Peace collects the beloved photographer’s previously unseen “peace” photographs, taken mainly between 1961 and 1968. Photographing across America, Marshall charted the life of a symbol, documenting how the peace sign went from holding a specific anti-nuclear meaning to serving as a broad, internationally recognized symbol for peace. Marshall captured street graffiti in the New York subway, buttons pinned to hippies and students, and West Coast peace rallies held by a generation who believed, for a brief moment, they could make a difference.

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) symbol, also known as the peace sign, was designed in 1958 by Gerald Holtom for the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. When the design spread from the UK to the American anti-war campaign, it caught the eye of Marshall, who saw himself as an anthropologist and journalist documenting the changing times of the 1960s. In between official assignments, Marshall started photographing the symbol and peace rallies as a personal project. He tabled these images on an index card in his archives labeled “Peace,” where they remained, until now.


Born in Chicago, Jim Marshall (1936–2010) grew up in San Francisco, teaching himself photography by portraying musicians in the coffeehouses of North Beach. After a brief stint in New York, Marshall returned to San Francisco, where he continued to cement his reputation as a formidably talented music photographer. Marshall holds the distinction of being the only photographer ever honored by the Grammys with a Trustees Award for his life’s work.

Shepard Fairey was born in Charleston, SC and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. As a student there he created the “Andre the Giant has a Posse” sticker that transformed into the OBEY GIANT art campaign, which has changed the way people see art and the urban landscape. His work which includes the 2008 "Hope" portrait of Barack Obama, now owned by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. In addition to his guerrilla street-art presence, the artist has executed more than 75 large-scale painted public murals around the world. His works are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and many others.

Published by Reel Art Press, 2017

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7.2 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches / 128 pages