Rare photos of Bob Dylan, which were shot in the 1960s and showcase the musician's "metamorphosis into a rock star," have been put on display in Paris.
The exhibit, titled "Bob Dylan: The Rock Explosion 61-66," or "L'Explosion Rock," launched officially on Monday and will remain at the city's Cite de la Musique until July 15. The pictures were taken by American photographer Daniel Kramer, 80, who had accompanied Dylan on tour between 1964 and 1965.
The exhibit, which was created by Los Angeles' Grammy Museum, incorporates 60 black and white photos that "are a striking account of the folk singer's metamorphosis into a rock star," its website states. The 1965 album "Bringing It All Back Home" incorporates a more electric sound than Dylan's previous records.
Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman and is now 70 years old. In one picture, Dylan, whose songs helped inspire the Civil Rights Movement, stands alongside folk singer Joan Baez in Newark Airport in New Jersey, in front of a poster that reads "Protest Against the Rising Tide of Conformity."
He is also pictured at Woodstock, sitting and playing chess, walking on a street in Philadelphia, staring into a mirror with Kramer, who is holding his camera. The photographer told Agence France-Presse that he spent about 12 months on and off with Dylan. He said he approached him after seeing him perform the song "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" on television.
"When I began, he was a folk singer with one guitar and no back-up guys, no electrics, and one year later he's at a huge stadium with huge speakers all over," Kramer said. "He had a band, and he was electric with a whole new music."
"He was a good subject, a very good subject," he added. "Sometimes he called and said: 'What are you doing?' I would be working in the studio, and he'd say 'If you can get out, let's make some pictures. It was an intense time, it was very good, and I was very fortunate."
(Pictured: Bob Dylan performs during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Jan. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. / Bob Dylan appears on the cover of his 1964 album "The Times They Are a-Changin.'" Credit: AP / Chris Pizzello / Sony)