Eyes of the World: Grateful Dead Photography 1965 – 1995 is a fine art, hardcover coffee table photography book that brings together, for the first time, a comprehensive collection of photographs from a lot of photographers whose work has captured the Grateful Dead at different times throughout their career.
Co-Edited by former Relix editor-in-chief Josh Baron and famed rock photographer Jay Blakesberg, Eyes of the World will be released October 23, 2017, via Rock Out Books.
Shocking as it may seem—particularly given the unparalleled job the band’s shepherds did in documenting its history—until now there has been no definitive visual reference encompassing the 30-year career of the Grateful Dead.
Over the course of six months of research, Baron and Blakesberg reached out to more than 100 photographers (or in some cases, their representatives) to see if they’d be willing to give their images for review. After much deliberation, countless conversations and 32 versions of the eventual layout, they landed on 220 images captured by 61 photographers across 272 pages that would become Eyes of the World, the book.
Photographers featured in Eyes of the World include such legendary names as Annie Leibovitz, Jim Marshall, David Gahr, Mark Seliger, Herb Greene, William Coupon, Michael O’Neill, Adrian Boot, Michael Putland, Peter Simon, Baron Wolman and, of course, Jay Blakesberg. Included in the collection are iconic images, lesser-known photos, and never-seen-before seen images – each of them a singular perspective of a poignant moment that together helps tell the Grateful Dead’s epic tale through large, bold imagery.