David Burnett has been photographing anything and everything for the past 35 years. He's been all over the world, has won numerous prestigious awards and has a portfolio that includes photos ranging from Vietnam to Pope John Paul II to, you guessed it, Bob Marley.
This series of black and white images was taken at Tuff Gong, Bob Marley's home and headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica, in March 1976.
The following images were taken during Marley's Exodus Tour in May 1977. Here he sleeps on a tour bus to The Hague, Netherlands.
Marley plays soccer with the reggae group The Wailers at a stadium in Brussels.
Marley performs a sound check in Paris.
Marley performs during the Exodus Tour.
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In 1976, Burnett was on assignment in Jamaica for Time magazine when he first photographed the reggae king at his home, Tuff Gong. Two weeks before landing in Jamaica, Burnett had never even heard of Marley. But what began as a feature on the indigenous music of Jamaica became an intimate portrait of Marley's life. He was so intrigued by Marley's persona, Burnett followed him to Europe for the famous "Exodus" tour for Rolling Stone and created a visual biography following Marley until his death in 1981.
Ultimately, of the hundreds of photographs that Burnett took, Time published only one small black-and-white; the rest have found a voice in the recently published book Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley in Jamaica and Beyond. This collection presents a more humanized look at such a great legend, and preserves the legacy of Bob Marley in a realm beyond just music. Read and hear more about his legacy, including his family's new branding plan here.
Photography excerpted from Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley (c) 2009 by David Burnett. All rights reserved. Published by Insight Editions. Used with permission. www.InsightEditions.com