Happy Birthday Ted Russell!

by Chris Murray on January 10, 2021
Dylan at his typewriter, 161 W 4th St. 1964. Photo by Ted Russell.

Today is photographer Ted Russell’s birthday. Born in England in 1930, Ted Russell went on to become one of the great photographers at LIFE magazine, the ‘gold standard’ for photo journalism. Russell came to New York City in 1952 “with four cameras and $200.” In 1961 Russell took the very first professional photographs of Bob Dylan, at his apartment in Greenwich Village and at Gerde’s Folk City nightclub.

James Baldwin and Bob Dylan, December 13, 1963, New York City. Photo by Ted Russell.

It was my good fortune to come to know Ted Russell and edit and have published his book of Dylan photos, Bob Dylan NYC 1961-1964 (Rizzoli). It has also been my great pleasure to curate and organize exhibitions of Russell’s photographs of Bob Dylan in museums and galleries in Dublin, Los Angeles, Havana, New York City and Washington D.C., and with more to come.

Happy Birthday Ted!

Ted Russell’s photographs are available from Govinda Gallery.

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