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We all have our heroes. 


When I was a teenager I had an alter ego - - someone  I would have preferred to be and whom I thought I might become.  That person was Bob Dylan.  He has since become my hero, no longer a delusion, and my favored candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Bob Dylan was at first defined by his music but he became just as much defined by his “look” and his aspect.  In a time before music videos, those were found in photographs.


The photographer most responsible for showing us Bob Dylan when I was a teenager was Daniel Kramer.  I didn’t know that then.  But essentially all of the photographs that made me connect deeply with Dylan were Kramer’s taken between 1964 and 1965.


The publisher Tashen just released a monograph of Kramer’s Dylan photos and I was thrilled to be invited to the opening of a related gallery show here in Los Angeles where my son took this photo:

IMG 6939 bw by makepictures

I got to meet and thank Daniel Kramer for his work. As you can see from this shot I took, he’s still at it:

Daniel Kramer-1-2 by makepictures

And this was certainly one of the most influential Kramer photographs that became the Highway 61 Revisited album cover, arguably Dylan's most influential work; shown here with two cultural artifacts that the Dylan oeuvre and legacy no doubt helped to spawn:

Daniel Kramer-1-3 by makepictures



You can read more about Daniel Kramer here:………

Daniel Kramer and Bob Dylan
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jules-101 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, man! Khuram Katman beat me to your page. Sudor/Joel's Facebook page sent me here, too ( and that Nobel Prize). Great work !!!
makepictures Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016
Bob Dylan is my tribal leader.
MARX77 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016   Photographer
SUDOR's facebook post sent me here.
A truly well deserved Nobel Prize for Bob Dylan!
makepictures Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016
It is!  So glad I called it three months before! hahaha
MARX77 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016   Photographer
So now that it's been established that you're not only a legal eagle, and a really cool photographer, but you're also a clairvoyant;
might I trouble you into checking your 'Little Black Book of Prophecies' to see if the name, Leonard Cohen, is by any chance, mentioned on the list of future Nobel Prize winners, please? 
makepictures Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016
I expect you would very much like reading this article if you haven't found it already.  The link will self-destruct fairly soon because the New Yorker puts things into archive very quickly to get you to subscribe.…

As for the future,  I put on my head scarf and picked up a discarded and deflated basketball off the street and now predict that no Canadian will win the Nobel in Literature for many, many years to come.
MARX77 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016   Photographer
I've already read the article. And yes, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
By the way, this is what Leonard Cohen had to say about Bob Dylan in the recently posted piece by 'Vulture':
"I will comment on his receiving the Nobel Prize, which to me is like pinning a medal on Mount Everest for being the highest mountain..."

Here's the link to the full article:…

As for the Canadians...  Oh, come on, man! Just because they gave you one Justin Bieber, doesn't mean that all Canadians are nefarious, ungodly creatures.
Granted what they did is unforgivable, but still... 
SUDOR Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016
Your journal is on my page Facebook...
makepictures Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016
Honored.  Thank you so much.
getcarter Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016   Photographer
the shot your son took is fantastic - together with your background story it is better than the original!
makepictures Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016
Ha.  Thanks so much.
djailledie Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Good to meet heroes and heroes makers. Wearing a tie like that, he looks to have succeeded in his career, by becoming a serious photographer.
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