Bob Dylan 1966 European Tour

In an interview in 2008, Feinstein recalled, ‘I was in a unique position, given complete access and trust during a very special period. I saw Bob perform hundreds of times, travelled with him, often spent 24 hours a day with him…I liked his work, Bob liked mine. He knew I would make him look interesting. He was comfortable with me and my cameras.’This display of fourteen photographs of Bob Dylan celebrates the publication of the paperback edition of Barry Feinstein’s new book Real Moments.

Feinstein, who had made a reputation as a photographer at Columbia Pictures in Hollywood during the 1950s, took the iconic portrait of Dylan that appeared on the sleeve of his 1964 album The Times They are A-Changin’. He was subsequently invited to be Dylan’s official photographer on his first electric European tour, which followed the 1965 acoustic tour documented in D.A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back.

In spring of 1966 Dylan toured across Australia and Europe, and during May 1966 he appeared in venues across the UK. At each concert Dylan performed solo on acoustic guitar and harmonica followed by an electric set, backed by The Hawks, later known as The Band. Spectators around the country protested at Dylan going electric and at the Manchester Free Trade Hall a member of the audience shouted: ‘Judas!’ to which Dylan responded, ‘I don’t believe you … You’re a liar!’ However by the end of each show, according to Feinstein, ‘the crowd loved it’.

Duration 11 May 2009 - 30 August 2009
Times Open daily 10:00-18:00
Cost free
Venue National Portrait Gallery
Address Bookshop Gallery London WC2H 0HE, ,
Contact 020 7306 0055 / /

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