In recognition of the folk-rock icon's 75th birthday this week, read Zoomer's interview with filmmaker/photographer Jerry Schatzberg on what it was like shooting Bob Dylan.
Before embarking on a career as a filmmaker, including his 1973 picture Scarecrow – which starred Al Pacino and Gene Hackman, which won that year's Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix – Jerry Schatzberg was a young photographer from the Bronx.
Working mostly in fashion, Schatzberg hit it big with famed portraits of actors, artists and musicians, including the iconic photo of Bob Dylan used on the cover of the singer's classic album Blonde on Blonde.
Three decades after his photography career gave way to film, Schatzberg rediscovered his own work, which he'd actually packed away in boxes and stored in a barn. Schatzberg spoke with Zoomer's Mike Crisolago about rediscovering his own images, who he wishes he could have photographed and what it was like shooting Bob Dylan.
MIKE CRISOLAGO: Tell us how you managed to connect with and shoot Bob Dylan.
JERRY SCHATZBERG: I was at my studio one day [and] there was a rock and roll journalist and a disc jockey there, and they were talking because they had just been with Dylan and they knew him. I overheard them and I said, "Hey, next time you see him tell him I'd like to photograph him." And the next day I got a call from his wife saying, "Bobby hears that you want to photograph him," and I said "I'd love to." So she gave me the address that he was recording at. I photographed him for two and a half years until he had his [motorcycle] accident.
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