Bob Dylan at Home by Elliott Landy: Woodstock 1968

Bob Dylan
Elliott Landy—Magnum
When Landy arrived to shoot Dylan, the musician grabbed his guitar and started playing. The moment led to the image that would be chosen by the Saturday Evening Post for its cover.

In 1968, a young photographer named Elliott Landy was assigned by the Saturday Evening Post to shoot a cover image of Bob Dylan. At the time, Dylan was at the height of his fame, while Landy was a relatively unknown photographer. Landy got the job after shooting his first record-album assignment, the Band’s Music from Big Pink, which got noticed by a friend of Dylan’s. The meeting spawned a friendship, yielded an album cover and a left a series of intimate photos of the musician with his young family.

In recognition of Dylan’s 70th birthday Tuesday, May 24, check out TIME.com’s special coverage.

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