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Bringing it all back home

Photography:  Daniel Kramer/courtesy of TASCHEN

A look at some unpublished Bob Dylan pics from the new book “A Year and A Day”

When photographer Daniel Kramer first met Bob Dylan, the 23-year-old singer was still widely unknown. He fidgeted in front of the camera, restless and uncomfortable. Yet over the course of a year and a day, all of that would change. From performing with Joan Baez to the legendary leap to electric sound, Kramer watched a quiet kid from Woodstock transform into the poet laureate of a generation.

Daniel Kramer

Daniel Kramer is a photographer and filmmaker whose portraits and picture stories have been published worldwide

From 1964 to 1965, Kramer’s extrordinary access to Dylan on tour, in concert, and backstage, allowed for one of the most mesmerizing portfolios of the artist on the cusp of superstardom. It captures the vast concert halls, the spellbound fans, and the incomparable Dylan himself, by turns playful, ebullient, focused, and introspective. Highlights include such “breakthrough” moments of the Bringing It All Back Home recording sessions and now famous concert at Forest Hills, when Dylan’s controversial transition to electric guitar exemplified his constant, cryptic state of becoming. As much a document of a seminal period of rock-n-roll history as of Dylan himself, the pictures also feature such compelling friends and collaborators as Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Allen Ginsberg, and Albert Grossman.

When first published in 1967, with the encouragement of W. Eugene Smith, Kramer’s Dylan portfolio became an instant classic. Now, a half-century later, TASCHEN rediscovers this body of work with a curated selection of some 250 images, many never published before, including outtakes from the Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited album cover shoots. A prized edition for any serious Dylan fan, this is an at once intimate and infinitely evocative testimony to a seminal photographer, to a particular point in time, and to a particular, mysterious artist at the moment his career went global.

We got to have a glimpse inside the brand new book, here is some of the outstanding photography readers can expect. 

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At a pool hall in Kingston, New York, December 1964. Daniel Kramer was allowed into Dylan’s inner world early in his career. Kramer reflects, “I would have the opportunity to document many facets of his professional life and to produce three important album covers, and so much more.”

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Dylan recording his first electric songs for Bringing It All Back Home, the groundbreaking album where Dylan went beyond folk and rewrote the rules of rock. Columbia Records, Studio A, New York City, January 1965

“Dylan told me that the pictures I wanted wouldn’t work out”
What Dylan told Kramer on the first day of shooting in Woodstock
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One of several rare unpublished photos of Dylan on Fifth Avenue with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, and guitarist John Hammond, Jr., two of Dylan’s frequent collaborators in the mid-1960s. New York City, January 1965

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Outtake, Bringing It All Back Home album cover shoot with Sally Grossman, Woodstock, January 1965. This never-before-seen frame, along with other rare outtakes from Kramer’s cover shoots with Dylan are published now for the first time.

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Limited to 1,965 numbered copies, signed by Daniel Kramer, this book is available as a Collector’s Edition (No. 201–1,965), and also in two Art Editions of 100 copies (No. 1–100 and No. 101–200), each published with a signed and numbered gelatin silver print. Order it here 

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Bob Dylan and Daniel Kramer photograph each other, Woodstock, March 1965. Kramer had a backstage pass to both the private and public Dylan in the seminal year he became an international superstar. The book includes over 100 never-before-published photographs, including this one.

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