When Ted Russell met Bob Dylan, the rising folk singer was gigging across New York's Greenwich Village. The New York Times had published a positive review of one of his sets and Columbia had recently signed him to a recording contract, but those outside the city had yet to hear his distinct voice or piercing lyrics. Russell shot the young musician in his apartment, with girlfriend Suze Rotolo and out on the street, and these images – many of them previously unreleased – are now being published as Bob Dylan: NYC 1961-1964. Click through to see some of the book's most striking shots.
Bob Dylan types in his Greenwich Village apartment on March 13th, 1964.
Dylan looks for a taxi after a magazine interview and photo session at his home on March 13th, 1964.
Dylan sits with James Baldwin after receiving the Tom Paine award from the Emergency Civil Liberties Union on December 13th, 1963. His acceptance speech would become infamous.
Dylan and Suze Rotolo's West Village apartment wasn't far from Gerde's Folk City, a club where the singer frequently played at the start of his career.
Dylan strums his guitar at home.
Dylan and Rotolo cuddle up.
Dylan sits with Victor Maymudes, his early road manager. The pair parted ways but began working together again in the 1980s.
Dylan in his Greenwich Village apartment at 161 West 4th Street.