Although his image has been a transient one, the Bob Dylan of your mind’s eye is probably the Dylan from the mid-60s – arguably his most creatively potent period.
Through photographs like the ones that adorned the covers for Blonde on Blonde and Highway 61 Revisited, the image of him is defined by a big curly head of hair, a thin face with a hooky nose, stovepipe pants and a cigarette (the attributes of so many cultural icons of the time).
Take a peek inside a new book featuring rare images of Bob Dylan, shot by his closest photographer and good friend, Jerry Schatzberg.
One of the people who helped immortalise this image was Jerry Schatzberg, who was, in fact, the photographer who snapped the Blonde on Blonde cover photo.
Schatzberg is widely recognised the man behind the foremost body of images of Bob Dylan, and his work has been collated in a new book. Titled Dylan by Schatzberg, the book is a comprehensive record of Dylan in the 60s, featuring memorabilia presented for the first time as a single subject monograph.
Now in his 90s, Schatzberg lead a long and rich career. His success with Dylan found him working with the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Sammy Davis Jr. He photographed for Vogue, Esquire and McCalls and he went on to direct films such as The Panic in Needle Park, which starred Al Pacino in 1971, Scarecrow, and Honeysuckle Rose.
The book is packed with rare photos, interviews, lyrics memories and more, and considering Schatzberg’s relationship with Dylan (who allowed the photographer unprecedented access to his personal life), it looks like an extraordinary tome.
Check out some of the images from Dylan by Schatzberg below and find out more about it here.