Don Hunstein, 'Freewheelin' Bob Dylan' Photographer, Dead at 88

Don Hunstein, the photographer who captured the iconic image of Bob Dylan and Suze Rotolo that adorns the singer’s Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, died March 18th in Manhattan at the age of 88.

Hunstein’s wife Dee Anne Hunstein confirmed her husband’s death to the New York Times, adding that the photographer died following a battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

As an in-house photographer for Columbia Records in the Fifties and Sixties, Hunstein shot the striking images that feature on the covers of albums like Miles Davis’ NefertitiThelonious Monk’s Monk’s Dream, Blood, Sweat & Tears’ Mirror Image and Dylan’s 1962 self-titled solo LP.

However, Hunstein will be best remembered for his Freewheelin’ image, featuring Dylan and his then-girlfriend Rotolo trudging down a West Village street on a freezing February day in 1963.

Hunstein had initially photographed Dylan and Rotolo inside their apartment, but unsatisfied with the results, opted to move the shoot outdoors despite the cold weather.

“We went down to Dylan’s place on Fourth Street, just off Sixth Avenue, right in the heart of the Village. It was winter, dirty snow on the ground,” Hunstein once recalled in an interview with Dylan fan publication The Telegraph

“Well, I can’t tell you why I did it, but I said, ‘Just walk up and down the street.’ There wasn’t very much thought to it. It was late afternoon – you can tell that the sun was low behind them. It must have been pretty uncomfortable, out there in the slush.”

Decades later, Dylan would use a photo Hunstein took of Times Square in the Sixties as the original front cover of his autobiography Chronicles: Volume One, the New York Times notes.

In addition to his album covers, Hunstein photographed artists ranging from Barbra Streisand and Janis Joplin to Tony Bennett and Aretha Franklin. In 2009, Hunstein’s work was shown alongside other rock photography giants in the exhibit Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present.

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Watch Ed Sheeran Help Homeless Liberian Kids in Red Nose Day Video

Ed Sheeran played a large role in Friday’s Red Nose Day special as the singer performed, appeared in a comedy sketch and hosted an emotional segment where he traveled to Liberia to meet with homeless and parentless children.

In the video, produced by Comic Relief, Sheeran meets JD, a Liberian boy who spent two months sleeping in a canoe on the beach bordering a dangerous slum at the time of the video’s filming. JD, who lost his mother to Ebola and was abandoned by his father, tells Sheeran about his difficult life and presidential dreams.

Sheeran is so moved by JD’s story, he tells the segment’s crew that he’s not leaving until the child and five of his mates are “sorted out” in a situation that includes shelter and schooling. The singer offers to put up the money to ensure JD doesn’t spend another night on the beach.

“These kids, you give them an education, you give them hope. I think that’s the main thing, I don’t even think it’s a financial thing. I think it’s just someone saying ‘You can be this,’ and fulfilling the promise,” Sheeran said.

“These Red Nose Day appeals are meant to be we make a case for a child and that tugs on your heartstrings, and then you donate because you want to help the child out, but I can’t leave, and I think everyone here filming agrees, we can’t leave this place without sorting these kids out… But these kids are just five in a million, two million, five million. There’s so many kids that are in the same situation.”

Donations can be made through the Comic Relief site.

In a lighthearted sketch, Sheeran teamed with Kurupt FM, the comedy troupe behind the BBC series People Just Do Nothing, to produce a green screen-heavy music video.

Sheeran also performed his Divide song “What Do I Know?” on the Red Nose Day special, which will air tonight in the U.S.

In a previously released sketch, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Liam Neeson, Anna Kendrick and more auditioned for the role of Stephen Hawking’s new voice. The Red Nose Day special will also feature the anticipated Love Actually quasi-reunion.

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