British Photographer Dennis Morris shares his memories of a close working relationship with Reggae global superstar Bob Marley. PHOTOGRAPHS: DENNIS MORRIS

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Bob Marley - Burnin' by Dennis Morris - Hypelifemagazine.com

British photographer shares his memories of a close working relationship with Reggae global superstar Bob Marley.

Dennis Morris was a high school student in London when he first met Bob Marley.

Morris recounts memories of a few of his most treasured shots of Marley now on display at Los Angeles’ Known Gallery for an exhibition dubbed Bob Marley: GIANT.

“I was into Jamaican music, and I read that he was coming over to tour England,” Morris recalls.

Dennis bunked off school, went to the Speak Easy Club, where Bob Marley was playing that day, and waited a very long period.

Eventually Bob arrived, and Dennis asked, ‘Can I take your picture?’

He said, ‘Yeah, man, come in.'”

Morris ended up joining Marley and the Wailers on their 1974 tour of northern England, kicking off a close professional relationship that lasted to the end of the reggae superstar’s life seven years later.

“I call this one ‘Burnin”,” Morris says of the trio of images above.

“That was from that early tour – we were sitting together, and he said, ‘Let me show you how to smoke a spliff, Dennis’.”

He laughs. “That was my initiation.”

Dennis Morris ended up joining Marley and the Wailers on their 1974 tour of northern England, kicking off a close professional relationship that lasted to the end of the reggae superstar’s life seven years later.

See more rare/unseen images of Reggae Icon Bob Marley by Dennis Morris on the other pages.

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