Soul music is one of the most influential and iconic movements in the medium’s history – brimming with passion and life.

From James Brown’s hip-swivelling swagger to Marvin Gaye’s smouldering social consciousness and Nina Simone’s unassailable charisma, these are the musicians and voices that defined the music of the 20th century, and our archive of vivid and intimate photography celebrates these outstanding and ground-breaking artists.

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