Thursday, March 03, 2005

Dylan Unscripted

42 black and white photographs, originally commissioned by LOOK magazine, and never published because Dylan was considered “too scruffy for a family magazine" by the LOOK editors are on exhibit at The Perfect Exposure Gallery in L.A.

For those not on the West Coast, some of the Dylan photographs can be seen at photographer Douglas Gilbert's site (warning, obnoxious pop-up window demanding your agreement not to copy anything from the site).

Boston Globe article on Gilbert and the photographs. Note this from the article...

The 42 exhibit photos are a fraction of the 900 pictures Gilbert took of Dylan over a seven-day period during the summer of 1964 in Woodstock, N.Y., Manhattan, and at the Newport Folk Festival.
The catalog from the exhibit is available at $14.95 through Amazon.

And, while there's no mention of price (bringing to mind the adage that if you have to ask...) the gallery page notes:
• Concurrent with the exhibit, a special series of ten matted gelatin silver prints in a specially design box of Bob Dylan: Unscripted by Douglas R. Gilbert.Edition of 15.

• Matted gelatin silver prints.
8x10 SG-Prints matted unto 11x14 Matts. Edition 35.
11x14 SG-Prints matted unto 16x20 Matts. Edition 35.

Gilbert lives in Amesbury, MA, just down the road a piece, as we New Englanders like to say, and I think I'm going to drop him an email and see just how pricey those prints are. Who knows? Maybe I can get a bargain on one of the other 858.

3/04/05 Update: Received the following message from Gilbert...

All photographs from the exhibit are for sale. There are two sizes, each in a limited edition of 35. The exhibit print size is approx. 9 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches and sell for $2,000.00 each. Prints are also available in 8x10 size for $1200.00 each. All prints are made to archival standards and processed for permanence. They come matted in 16x20 mattes.

There is one photograph of Dylan with Joan Baez in the exhibit. All sales are being handled through The Perfect Exposure Gallery.
His reference to Baez is in answer to my question about whether he had any shots of her or -- who I really wanted -- Dick and Mimi Farina, thinking he might have something in those 900.

Which he might have for all I know. Looks like I'd need to win a poker tournament to afford one of these. If I had my druthers, I think I'd get the one of him in his kitchen with a woman (Sara?) in the background.

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