Addison/Ripley Fine Art Presents Ted Russell Bob Dylan NYC 1961-1964

By Editorial Team on April 22, 2019
James Baldwin & Bob Dylan meeting at the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee’s
Bill of Rights Dinner, NYC, 1963.
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Opening Reception: Saturday, April 27 from 5pm to 7pm
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Coffee and Conversation: Saturday, May 18 at 11am

There was no apparent reason for Ted Russell to photograph Bob Dylan in 1961, apart from an ambitious, freelance photographer wanting to get another story to pitch to a magazine. Bob Dylan’s first album had not yet been released and this is one of the reasons Ted Russell’s photographs are so extraordinary.  They offer a genuinely candid look at the young singer and guitar-player.

Ted Russell’s photographs of Bob Dylan performing at Gerde’s Gold City in Greenwich Village at the start of his remarkable career capture the spark int eh young performer’s eyes.  In Russell’s photographs, as in Dylan’s music, we can see and hear the musical artist’s conviction and compassion, his humor and his love of song. Whether inspired by Little Richard or Woody Guthrie, Dylan was clearly rooted in tradition, yet also contemporary of his own time.

This collection of photographs by Ted Russell is unique. They document Dylan’s first years as a musical artist in Greenwich Village in 1961 and then on up to 1964, at which point Dylan had already transformed popular music with songs like Blowin in the WindMasters of War, and The Times They are A-Changin’.  Bob Dylan, a bohemian poet, would become the most original and influential songwriter of our time, culminating in his winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016.  We are enriched by this portrait of the artist as a young man.

Ted Russell is a photojournalist whose work has been widely published internationally, including on the covers of Life, Newsweek, Time and New York magazines, to name a few. Ted Russell’s photographs of Bob Dylan are published in his book Bob Dylan NYC 1961-1964 (Rizzoli, 2014).

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday through Saturday: 11am to 5:30pm
  • and by appointment.

The gallery is located at 1670 Wisconsin Avenue NW. For further information, visit addisonripleyfineart.com or contact gallery director, Ms. Romy Silverstein, at 202.338.5180 or romyaddisonrip@aol.com.