Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia (Jay Blakesberg, 1991)
"When I got the call from Blair Jackson asking me to shoot Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter together for a joint interview he was doing for The Golden Road, I started floating in the air," recalls Jay Blakesberg. While he had shot the band onstage many times, and had taken portraits of Bob Weir, this was his first opportunity to shoot a formal portrait of Jerry Garcia.
"I got to the Grateful Dead office and was shown into a tiny room with barely enough room to set up one light stand and umbrella and where the only place for me to sit was on top of the desk. I loaded up my Hasselblad with some film, had two 35mm camera bodies with color and b&w film, and was prepared to spend 15 to 20 minutes crafting memorable portraits."
Within about minute of them sitting down and only a handful of shots taken, the publicist said Blakesberg needed to wrap up. "I freaked out a little," he admits.
He quickly shot the duo portraits and a handful of solo portraits of each of them, and finished up two minutes later.
"Looking back now, more than 25 years later, I can see there are almost no portraits of Garcia and Hunter together which makes these even more special. And it was this session that also landed me perhaps my most iconic solo portrait of Garcia."