Barry Feinstein

Bob Dylan, Princes Street, Edinburgh (1966 (printed 2011))

About this artwork

Dylan’s famous World Tour of 1966 included venues in Glasgow and Edinburgh. His photographer, Barry Feinstein, has captured him striding down Princes Street, perhaps en route to the city’s ABC Theatre. A key figure in various protest movements of the early 1960s, Dylan was increasingly controversial as his music turned away from its folk and acoustic roots to use electric instruments. According to some reports, at his Edinburgh concert he was confronted by folk purists in the audience who heckled him and attempted to drown out his band by playing their harmonicas.

Barry Feinstein

Barry Feinstein

Feinstein captured some of the most iconic images of rock ‘n’ roll’s stars. He is particularly remembered for his images of Bob Dylan, including his photograph of the singer on the cover of his album, ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’’. Born in Philadelphia, Feinstein began taking photographs as a teenager. In 1955 he was hired as a photographer’s assistant by ‘Life’ magazine to help cover the Miss America pageant. He then became studio photographer for Columbia Pictures, shooting the likes of Marlene Dietrich and Steve McQueen. Yet he was concerned with showing celebrities in a different light: “I don’t really like stand-up portraits; there’s nothing there, no life, no feeling. I was much more interested in capturing real moments”.