Barry Feinstein, Iconic Rock Photographer, Dead At 80


NEW YORK TIMES: Barry Feinstein, a photographer who chronicled the lives of seminal rock ’n’ roll stars of the 1960s, and who was perhaps best known for the stark portrait of Bob Dylan on the cover of the 1964 album “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” died on Thursday in a hospital near his home in Woodstock, N.Y. He was 80. Besides his work with Mr. Dylan, Mr. Feinstein established his reputation as one of rock’s semiofficial official chroniclers with two 1970 photographs: one of Janis Joplin, taken the day before she died, which appeared on the cover of her final album, “Pearl,” and one of George Harrison, sitting in the middle of a pile of toppled, gnomic lawn statuary, which became the cover of “All Things Must Pass,” his first album after the breakup of the Beatles. Mr. Feinstein began as a photographer for Columbia Pictures in the 1950s, shooting pictures of movie stars like Judy Garland and Steve McQueen. But he found his true calling after hours, and outside the office, in taking pictures of stars as they moved through the real world: among the Hollywood photos he became known for was one of a heartbroken Marlene Dietrich at Gary Cooper’s funeral and another of Marlon Brando at a civil rights march facing counterdemonstrators taunting him with racist signs. Mr. Feinstein was the official photographer for Mr. Dylan’s 1966 European tour, which marked the singer’s ballyhooed switch from acoustic troubadour to electric guitar-playing rock ’n’ roller. MORE

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