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Behind the Lens: Barry Feinstein

It’s time to pay tribute to another rock photographer. On this edition of Behind the Lens, the focus is on Barry Feinstein. Read more about him after the break.

Photo via Daily Free Man

Barry Feinstein was a celebrated photographer known for his snapshots of musical icon Bob Dylan. He started his photography career at a young age but did not have any formal training. When he was 24 years old, he became an assistant for LIFE magazine and from then on, his career as a photographer blossomed.

The 1960’s was the decade when Barry Feinstein focused his career in music. In 1966, he accompanied music icon Bob Dylan as an exclusive photographer for his British tour and it was during that time when he captured some of the musician’s popular photos that we see today. The two struck a friendship and Feinstein continued to take photos of Dylan over the course of 11 years (1963 to 1974). As a rock ‘n roll photographer, Feinstein opted to take photos of the events happening offstage rather than documenting the performance itself. Feinstein was also the photographer who shot the photo used for Dylan’s album cover ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’, and 500 or so more album covers for various artists.

Some album covers shot by Barry Feinstein:

Barry Feinstein got into an accident in 1993 that resulted to injuries. Because of that incident, he found it hard to operate his camera. He died in 2011 at the age of 80 due to natural causes.

Sources for this article include Wikipedia – Barry Feinstein, Telegraph UK, NY Times, and LA Times

Which of these photos do you like the most? Are there other rock ’n roll photographers that you would like to get featured on the Magazine? Leave a comment below! Meanwhile, you can check out other articles on Behind the Lens.

written by jeanmendoza

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