Paul Ferrara

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Paul Ferrara (born November 16, 1939) is an American photographer known for his relation with singer Jim Morrison of the band The Doors . He started as The Doors still photographer and his first production was a souvenir book that was sold at concerts.[1] Many of the iconic images of Morrison’s persona were created by Ferrara.[2] Ferrara also took the cover photograph of the Doors album Waiting for the Sun.

He directed Jim Morrison's 1969 film HWY: An American Pastoral.[3] Hitherto unreleased behind the scenes movies of The Doors shot by Ferrara in the late 1960s/early 1970s were included in the 2009 documentary on the Doors, When You're Strange.[2][4]

Ferrera was in the inner circle of The Doors[1] [5] [6] and self-published his memoirs from this period in 2007.[7]


  1. ^ a b Hopkins, Jerry (1995). The Lizard King: The Essential Jim Morrison. Simon & Schuster. p. 110. ISBN 9780684818665. 
  2. ^ a b "Alum's historic footage anchors new documentary about The Doors". UCLA School of theater, film and television. February 24, 2009. Archived from the original on 4 May 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2009. 
  3. ^ IMD entry: HWY: An American Pastoral (1969)
  4. ^ IMD entry: When You’re Strange (2009)
  5. ^ Butler, Patricia; Jerry Hopkins (2002). Angels Dance and Angels Die: The Tragic Romance of Pamela and Jim Morrison. Music Sales Group. ISBN 978-0-8256-7270-5. 
  6. ^ Fowlie, Wallace (1994). Rimbaud and Jim Morrison: the rebel as poet. Duke University Press.  p188
  7. ^ Ferrara, Paul (2007). Flash of Eden. AuthorHouse. ISBN 978-1-4343-4070-2.