Barry Feinstein, photographer
Woodstock, N.Y. – Photographer Barry Feinstein, who captured behind-the-scenes images from rock’s golden age and shot iconic album covers for Bob Dylan and George Harrison, died in upstate New York on Thursday. He was 80.
Agent Dave Brolan said Feinstein, who lived in Woodstock, suffered various ailments and was hospitalized with an infection.
Feinstein’s best known images include the picture of a skinny, side-glancing Dylan on the cover of 1964’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’ ” and of Harrison sitting among garden gnomes on his 1970 solo album, “All Things Must Pass.” Feinstein also shot album covers for Janis Joplin’s “Pearl” and for Eric Clapton, among hundreds of others.
But Feinstein had varied experiences that ranged from working as an assistant at Columbia Pictures, photographing Hollywood stars like Steve McQueen and Judy Garland and later shooting rock royalty of the 1960s and 1970s. He also made films.
Sue Mengers, Hollywood agent
Los Angeles – Sue Mengers, an unapologetically brash talent agent who blazed a path for women in Hollywood and represented some of its biggest stars, died Oct. 15 at her Beverly Hills home after a long illness. She was 79.
For two decades, Mengers was one of the entertainment industry’s most powerful agents, rising fast in a business dominated by men.
Mengers earned a reputation as a skilled negotiator who was both tough and uncensored in her style. She had a knack for putting together packages of talent, including authors, directors and stars, that produced box office blockbusters. In one coup, she landed three of her clients – Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal and director Peter Bogdanovich – in the 1972 Warner Bros. comedy “What’s Up, Doc?”
Among the Hollywood luminaries Mengers also represented over her career were actors Faye Dunaway, Candice Bergen, Steve McQueen, Nick Nolte, Burt Reynolds and Cybill Shepherd, directors Sidney Lumet and Brian De Palma, and writer Gore Vidal.
“I worked with her when she was at ICM in her absolute heyday. She gave meaning to the word ‘woman power,’ ” said longtime Hollywood agent and manager Joan Hyler. “She was arguably the most famous agent of her time. And the fact that she was a woman and fearless was quite extraordinary.”