Bob Dylan, Greenwich Village, 1963
Amelia Davis: "This is when he moved to New York. He established himself on the West Coast and he wanted to go out East to establish himself out there because you had the other record labels there. He was there for literally two years and he did his thing and he was like 'Okay, I’m going back.' He also met a lot of the jazz guys out there-Monk, Ray Charles, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster. Again, he went to all the little jazz clubs in New York and was able to photograph them for that. Lesser known, he was also working for TimeLife and he was in the building there when President Kennedy was shot so they were all in shock and they said 'Just go down in the street and photograph everybody’s expressions.' He’s got these incredible photographs of people-you can see their eyes and faces were just shocked and devastated and stunned.
"That was an important year for him. He was out there and Bob Dylan was coming out. He knew Bob Dylan from photographing the Newport Folk Festival so he had a rapport with him anyway and so they met early in the morning in Greenwich Village and were kind of walking and going into cafes. Dylan literally just saw a tire and picked it up and started rolling it and again, Jim was there at that moment and just clicked it. It wasn’t set up, it was one of those things that just happened and again, that has become one of Jim’s iconic photographs as well."