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Barry Feinstein; photographer captured rock's legends

The pictures of Mr. Feinstein (below, right) gave an insider’s view of Bob Dylan’s world. One of his best-known images showed Dylan on the cover of 1964’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’. ’’ The pictures of Mr. Feinstein (below, right) gave an insider’s view of Bob Dylan’s world. One of his best-known images showed Dylan on the cover of 1964’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’. ’’ (BROOKLYN MUSEUM)
Associated Press / October 21, 2011

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WOODSTOCK, N.Y. - Barry Feinstein, who captured behind-the-scenes images from rock’s golden age and shot iconic album covers for Bob Dylan and George Harrison, died in upstate New York yesterday. He was 80.

Agent Dave Brolan said Mr. Feinstein, who lived in Woodstock, was hospitalized with an infection.

Mr. Feinstein’s best-known images include the picture of a skinny, side-glancing Dylan on the cover of 1964’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’ ’’ and of Harrison sitting among garden gnomes on his 1970 solo album, “All Things Must Pass.’’ But Mr. Feinstein had varied experiences that ranged from working as an assistant at Columbia Pictures, photographing Hollywood stars such as Steve McQueen and Judy Garland, and later shooting rock royalty of the 1960s and 1970s. He also made films.

Mr. Feinstein was friends with Dylan’s early manager Albert Grossman. Brolan said the photographer got to know the rising music star on a long ride from Denver to New York to deliver a Rolls Royce to Grossman.

Mr. Feinstein’s pictures gave an insider’s view of Dylan’s world. One well-known shot shows Dylan, with dark sunglasses and cigarette, in the back seat of a limousine with fans pressing their faces against the window.

Mr. Feinstein branched out, shooting album covers for Janis Joplin’s “Pearl’’ and for Eric Clapton, among many others. Despite his proximity to big stars, Brolan said Mr. Feinstein never betrayed their confidence.

“He’d never tell you a Dylan story or anything personal. He would never talk about himself,’’ Brolan said. “It was a hard push to get him to say anything about his work. He’d just say, ‘Look at the pictures, good luck.’ ’’