Legendary music photographer Barry Feinstein died late last week at the age of 80. Feinstein is legendary for his photographs of the 60’s music scene. He’s probably best known for his images of Bob Dylan. He toured with Bob Dylan and the Band on their controversial electric tour of England in 1966 and shot the poster image for Martin Scorsese’s 2005 Dylan doc No direction Home.
Feinstein shot all over the world, but got his first big break here in LA in 1955 as a production assistant for Columbia Pictures in Hollywood. He had no formal training as a photographer, but his access to celebrities and musicians helped his emerging craft.
From the LA Times:
A close friend of actor Steve McQueen, he also shot stills during the production of McQueen’s 1968 classic film “Bullitt.”
Noting that her husband had a photography and design studio in Los Angeles for many years, Judith Jamison Feinstein said: “Steve McQueen would pick him up every day at 4 o’clock when he was done with business and off they’d go motorcycling through the Hollywood Hills.”
Talk about living the Hollywood dream. Good show, sir.
Photo: Barry Feinstein