Original signed photograph by Don Hunstein.New York: 1963 Stock Code: 121839
A beguiling vérité image of the great songwriter, walking away from the camera with slung guitar across the floor of a deserted recording studio, captured by the celebrated Don Hunstein in August 1963 at Columbia's Studio A in New York City. This was the album session that produced the iconic "The Times They Are A-Changin'".
Don Hunstein (1928-2017) was chief staff photographer for Columbia Records at a time "when the company was under the direction of Goddard Lieberson, who thought it important to document in photographs the cultural history of the music of their time. So he had the opportunity to do far more than album covers and publicity shots, covering artists' recording sessions and even visiting them on their home turf" (donhunstein.com). Among the archive of more than 100,000 pictures that Hunstein took over a period of three decades (1955-1986) are defining images of Janis Joplin, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Simon and Garfunkel, Glenn Gould, and Leonard Bernstein.
Cultural historian David E, Kaufman writes "an artist need not be aware of the allusive qualities of his or her own work. The same is true for Dylan photographers, such as John Cohen, Don Hunstein, Barry Feinstein, Daniel Kramer, Jerry Schatzbertg, and Sandy Speiser. The best known of their photographic images of Dylan are those that became the iconic covers of his record albums: Hunstein is responsible for the covers of Bob Dylan (1962) and The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963) What these image makers all had in common was the desire to show the 'real' Dylan, photographing him not only onstage, but in the dressing room, in the recording studio, on the road, in cafes, and, most of all, relaxing at home. These candid depictions have the intention of removing the mask of celebrity, of stripping away the falsity of the public persona to reveal the authentic person behind it" (David E. Kaufman, Jewhooing the Sixties: American Celebrity & Jewish Identity, 2012, p. 195). These are words that certainly apply to this image; an image, which, perhaps unconsciously, alludes to Phil Stern's haunting 1961 photograph of Frank Sinatra, back to camera, walking down a stark studio corridor, epitomizing the solitariness of the great artist.
Original silver gelatin print; overall: 405 x 510 mm; image: 300 x 450 mm. Official Sony authorisation label (dated 2005) on verso, signed by Hunstein (additionally signed by him in pencil), stating negative number "4758/C4/18". Conservation-grade window mount, black wooden frame, glazed with Artshield UV scratch-resistant acrylic.
In excellent condition.
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