A blurred image of Dylan by photographer Jerry Schatzberg – there were other, sharp photos from the shoot — was chosen by Dylan himself for the cover of “Blonde on Blonde.” It was taken in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan on a cold February day almost 50 years ago. Sometimes perfection isn’t measured in technical terms.
“It was pretty cold out,” says Jerry Schatzberg, the photographer who took the photo. “I know all the critics, everybody thinks ‘oh, they were trying to do a drug shot or something.’ Not true…It was February…it was really cold.”
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This Bob Dylan Album Photo Was Blurry Because the Photographer was Cold
In 1966, Bob Dylan released his 7th studio album, titled “Blonde on Blonde,” which went double-platinum and contained some of Dylan’s best-known songs. It’s also known for it’s unusual cover photo. It’s a blurry portrait of Dylan, created by photographer Jerry Schatzberg in New York City’s meat-packing district.
The blur was the result of camera shake and, despite what many people think, was unintentional — the photo is blurry simply because Schatzberg was cold and shivering.
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