Bob Dylan with Allen Ginsberg, Al Aronowitz and Son, Woodstock, New York
The photograph is in black and white of four people sitting around a table. In the foreground, Allen Ginsberg in all white is sitting on the left holding a box in his lap and Bob Dylan is sitting to the right watching Ginsberg. Across from them are Al Aronowitz in a black polo sitting on the right and his son sitting next to him on the left. On the table is a bouquet of flowers and a lot of coffee cups. The background is a wall that has a window further to the left. The photograph was taken in Woodstock, New York.
For LOOK Magazine in July of 1964, Gilbert was given the assignment to photograph Bob Dylan in his hometown to get an alternate and fresh perspective of the star. At the time in Dylan’s career, his popular album “The Times They Are A-Changin’ ” had been released in January and crowds embraced Dylan as a beloved folk singer. The following year, 1965, when Dylan crashed Newport’s Folk Festival with an electric guitar and band became infamously known as “the day Bob Dylan died”, but Gilbert captures him before any of this, strumming an electric guitar with his friends in coffee shops and with his family in his home, when he is comfortable and hidden from the public eye. These photographs convey a different Bob Dylan than the public knew, living a quiet and simple life in Woodstock, New York. Perhaps this is why, upon viewing Gilbert’s proposed layout, LOOK cancelled the story, claiming Dylan was “too scruffy” for their magazine.