Barry Feinstein

(1931 - 2011)
Barry Feinstein Bob Dylan, Princes Street, Edinburgh 1966 (printed 2011)


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”.