Born in 1932 in Brooklyn. Self-taught photographer, he was first hired as assistant to Allan and Diane Arbus, then to Philippe Halsman, renowned for his portraits of celebrities.
In the early 1960s, Kramer was published by several major American magazines.
In August 1964, he made a first series of photos of Bob Dylan, which he then accompanied during his most productive year.
Daniel Kramer signed in particular the covers of Bringing it all back home and Highway 61 Revisited.
The Bob Dylan by Daniel Kramer book was published in 1967. One of his photos is also used for the Biography (1985) box set.
Daniel Kramer continued to work for the magazine press and directed several films, documentaries and educational.
He still lives and works in New York.
The Music Photo Gallery began representing Daniel Kramer's vintage archive in 2021 and first featured it at Photo London the same year.
"Here, Bob and I are having a shootout in March of 1965. He’s taking a shot of me with a very important camera. It’s the same one you see in the background of the cover of Highway 61. It’s a 35mm Range Finder Nikon. No one asked him to shoot me. Bob just liked the camera and he was very playful."
This is one of the shots I’ve been sitting on for 50 years. It has never been seen before. I wanted the shot to express the fact that Bob Dylan was about to change. He’s not the guy in the leather jacket any more. Now, he’s the guy in the dark sport blazer wearing nice cufflinks. There’s no guitar in the shot because I saw him not as any one kind of performer but as a prince of music. I had been in the sessions for the album, so I knew now who he was musically. The photo was shot in Albert Grossman’s house. The room was the original kitchen of this house that’s a couple hundred years old. The fireplace is big enough to cook in. The divan, which was multicolored, was a gift from Mary Travers, of Peter Paul and Mary, to Albert and his wife, Sally, for their wedding. Bob contributed to the picture the magazines he was reading and albums he was listening to. Bob wanted Sally to be in the photo because, well, look at her! She chose the red outfit.
The Vintage Photography Archive
TMPG Director Sebastian Alderete had the honor and privilege of working with Daniel Kramer in his New York studio, organizing his deep archive of vintage prints for the first time in the photographer's career.
After so many long days with the artist, we were ready to share a treasure that’s been guarded for decades.
A selection of this incredible catalogue was presented at the Photo London Photography Fair, and part of the artworks have been acquired by one of the most significant Bob Dylan Photography Collections in Europe.