20 Inspirational Bob Marley Photos From Kim Gottlieb-Walker

Bob Marley Smoke 1975

Bob Marley is an inspiration for many world wide. His musical stylings and life legacy have touched millions throughout the years, making a grand impact on society as a whole. Personally, I look at Bob Marley as a musical mentor, studying his life to gain more insight on my own personal growth and mission as an artist. His work greatly influenced the emerging social, political and musical revolutions around the world and was the beginning of reggae as a genre. It was innovation with a purpose. So when I heard about an art gallery exhibition of up close & personal photos of Bob by Kim Gottlieb-Walker I was immediately intrigued.

Over a period of 2 years and several trips to Jamaica, Kim documented the emerging reggae artists in her book [amazon_link id=”1848566972″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae: 1975-1976 The Photographs of Kim Gottlieb-Walker[/amazon_link], now available on[amazon_link id=”1848566972″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Amazon[/amazon_link]. Each photo told a story of Bob’s legacy; revealing his compassion, his determination, his spirituality, his faith in life and people. Kim was one of the first professional photographers to photograph Bob Marley, The Wailers, and other reggae musicians in Jamaica. I got to meet the lovely artist, herself and shared a few words of appreciation and gratitude for her work. She was as vibrant and jubilant as I image she was 40 years ago while taking the photos. She shares a lot of her experiences with Marley in a recent interview with Inity Weekly.

Check out 20 photos from the gallery, excerpts from her interview and inspirational Bob Marley quotes below:

Bob Marley before the music press interviews at the Sunset Marquis in Hollywood 1975

(MR) Talk a little bit about the first time you met Bob Marley. Was it at the Roxy in July 1975?

(KGW) “No…a few days earlier…Jeff and I met with Bob at his motel room where we set up the music press interviews. I set up the chair where Bob would sit during the interviews where the light would be good so I could shoot during the discussions without having to interject myself in any way. Bob knew we were there to spread the word about him and his message and he trusted Jeff, so he was completely on-board.” (via Inity Weekly)

Bob Marley Manhattan Transfer 1975

(MR)  Do you remember photographing Bob Marley for the first time?

(KGW)  “It was in the West Hollywood motel room during and after the music press interviews…it was important to Bob to communicate that the music was just a vehicle for the message about Rastafari …about love and brotherhood and righteousness and equality…and he was very animated and expressive. I also photographed him relaxing with a spliff between interviews. Then we all went off to shoot the taping of the appearance on Manhattan Transfer…first a rehearsal and then the performance.” (via Inity Weekly)

Bob Marley Smiles for Kim 1976

(KGW)  “He didn’t like to pose…but I was there to document what was there, not to pose him or interject myself…and he accepted my presence completely and graciously. When we were in his house at Hope Road, at one point I put some colored cardboard on the wall in the colors of the Ethiopian flag and asked him to stand in front of them…which he did…and the first photo was serious (he was trying to be patient even though he wasn’t 100% comfortable posing)…but I peeked out from behind the camera and said,”You know, a lot of people who will see these photos are people who already love you” and he broke out into a genuine smile which gave me my next two frames… and that was the end of that posing session. The only time he actually ENJOYED posing was for the High Times cover…that was genuine pleasure on his face!” (via Inity Weekly)

Bob Marley Approaches the Stage Dream Concert 1975

“Light up the darkness.”

Bob Marley at Home Hope Road Reading the Trades 1975

“Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”

Bob Marley at Hope Road #137 1975

“Possession make you rich? I don’t have that type of richness. My richness is life, forever.”

Bob Marley Dream Concert Rehearsal 1975

“Man is a universe within himself.”

Bob Marley Flag #1 1975

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”

Bob Marley Motel 1976

“All these governments and this and that, these people that say they’re here to help, why them say you cannot smoke the herb? Herb… herb is a plant, you know? And when me check it, me can’t find no reason. All them say is, ‘it make you rebel’. Against what?”

Bob marley High Times Cover 1976

“One good thing about music: when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

Bob Marley Archway Hope Road 1975

“Me, only have one ambition, y’know? I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together – black, white, Chinese, everyone – that’s all.”

Bob Marley Selassie 1975

“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul
Wisdom is better than silver and gold.”

Bob Marley Selassie What Life Has Taught Me 1975

“Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?”

Bob Receives a Guest at Hope Road 1975

“The biggest coward is a man who awakens a woman’s love with no intention of loving her.”

Bob Rolls a Spliff 1976

“Alcohol make you drunk, man. It don’t make you meditate, it just make you drunk. Herb is more a consciousness.”

Don Taylor Drives Bob_Carly_Seeco and Family Man to Manhattan Transfer Hollywood 1975

When the race gets hard to run, it means you just can’t take the pace.”

Bob Marley Lighting a Spliff Backstage at the Roxy 1975

“Excuse me while I light my spliff, good God I gotta take a lift.”

George Harrison Meets Bob Marley Backstage at the Roxy 1975

Orion Ras Kitty Meets Bob Marley - High Times Session 1975

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  • Fred

    Thank you so much for these lovely pictures!!!! Bless you for the inspirations <<<3

    • No problem! I look at Bob as my mentor. I was so fortunate to visit the gallery these were showcased in & speak with the photographer. She’s an amazing spirit!

  • Kim Rebecca Gottlieb-Walker

    It is a great joy for me to be able to display these photos I shot over three decades ago. One of the high points of the gallery show was when Peter Tosh’s daughter, a high school math teacher in Boston, flew out to L.A. to see the show and meet me. She was only 5 when Tosh was killed. It was such a blessing to get to watch her show my pictures of her father to her two and a half year old daughter.