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Bob Dylan by Schatzberg (2018)

ISBN: 9781851498932
Artist(s): Jerry Schatzberg
Author(s): Bob Dylan
Format: hardback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2018
Publisher: ACC Art Books
Total Pages: 262
Illustrations: Lavishly illustrated

£45.00

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Filmmaker and renowned photographer Jerry Schatzberg’s essential iconic photographs of Bob Dylan, including studio portraits, on-stage performances, recording studio outtakes and more (many published for the first time). The photographer of the cover and liner images of Dylan’s acclaimed 1966 album ‘Blonde On Blonde. Widely recognised as the foremost body of images of Bob Dylan, Nobel laureate, from a pinnacle point in his career. Schatzberg’s essential images not only stand the test of time, but also have become visually synonymous with one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Dylan by Schatzberg is a comprehensive record of those moments, in photos and memories presented for the first time as a single subject monograph. Includes reprints of seminal interviews, including “A Night with Bob Dylan” by Al Aronowitz, originally published in the New York Herald Tribune in 1965. Original text/interview with Jerry Schatzberg & Jonathan Lethem.

In 1965, photographer Jerry Schatzberg, already well-established in the field due to his fashion and portrait photography for various publications, such as Vogue, Esquire and Life, listened to Bob Dylan for the first time. He had been hearing about the singer for a while; two friends were especially dogged and would ask him every time they spoke if he had heard the music yet. Finally, feeling obligated to them for their persistency, he listened and understood immediately why Dylan was inspiring such passionate excitement. Shortly thereafter, Schatzberg was photographing a job in his studio and had some fortuitous company. Famed music journalist Al Aronowitz and disc jockey Scott Ross were discussing Dylan and a recent performance they had seen of his. Listening to their conversation, he volunteered that he’d like to photograph the singer if given the chance. Dylan’s new wife (one of the friends mentioned above) called the following day and gave him an open invitation to the studio where he was currently recording ‘Highway 61 Revisited’. Excited and curious, Schatzberg set off the very next day for the studio, exactly six days after the seminal Newport Folk Festival set where Dylan went electric and was collectively booed. Schatzberg received a warm welcome from the singer, who immediately sat him down to listen to what he had been recording that day. Dylan gave him free rein of the studio once he started shooting and the images that emerged from that day make obvious the comfortable and relaxed atmosphere that was already brewing between photographer and subject. Considering Dylan’s almost-universal dislike of journalists (and by extension photographers), this was a completely unprecedented situation, one that Schatzberg took seriously.

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