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Who Shot Rock: 1966: Bob Dylan

Photograph by Jerry Schatzberg courtesy of Who Shot Rock and Roll

Bob Dylan photographed for the cover of his ‘Blonde on Blonde’ album cover in New York City, 1966

“We started shooting in the studio and I was getting some very nice images. It was not very hard to shoot Dylan. I’d brought him into the studio to have a little more control but eventually I wanted to get out and see what we could do outside. I’d always liked the meatpacking district. It was cold and neither of us was wearing much, but we started working. I must say that a lot of the images are very sharp and very good but he chose this one. Went right for it. A lot of people say it’s supposed to be a drug trip but it’s not. Why he went for it? Maybe because nobody else had a photo that was blurred and a little off register or maybe he thought it’d just be a good image. Who knows what was going on in his head.” –Jerry Schatzberg

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