Pure: Photography With A Twist

By Catarina Wilk

Photographers capture moments; moments that pass by so quickly (too quickly sometimes…).
However, photos have the power to preserve these kind of moments – to remind us of them in order to make them nearly unforgettable. Further, photos reveal even more; you get to see pure emotions of joy, grief, happiness, surprise, anger, excitement and fear or you even get to see a glimpse of very intimate moments for example.

The New Yorker photographer Ken Regan, being well-known for his iconic shots and images of various famous sports, film and rock ’n roll legends such as the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, is one of these people who are able to catch emotions in all their beauty. Regan accompanied various music giants such as Bob Dylan on his famous Rolling Thunder Revue in the 1970s.
In order to pay tribute to this particular time in musical history, the photography book “Rolling Thunder: Photographs by Ken Regan“, contains many unseen images of this event and moments featured on 96 large format pages.

© Estate of Ken Regan/Ormond Yard Press

“I had total access. I could walk into his dressing room at any given point and photograph anything he was doing.” – Ken Regan

© Estate of Ken Regan/Ormond Yard Press

Published forty years after the Rolling Thunder Revue, Regan’s impressive collection of images features not only black and white photographs but also unseen and very intimate moments due to Regan’s unlimited access.

© Estate of Ken Regan/Ormond Yard Press

Rolling Thunder: Photographs by Ken Regan is published by Ormond Yard Press in March 2016. This is a Limited Edition of 750 individually numbered copies.

Our world has so many beautiful sides and the world’s various landscapes are truly fascinating to many landscape photographers as we have already discussed in a previous post.
American fine-art photographer Catherine Opie, born and grown up in Ohio and specialised in portraiture, studio, and landscape photography, became well-known for her photographs of tattooed as well as transgender and homosexual people. The images below were part of her exhibition “Portraits and Landscapes”.

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Catherine Opie, Untitled #9, 2013. © Catherine Opie, Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

“Interspersed with these commanding portraits are landscapes virtually abstract in their lack of detail. Unlike Opie’s previous work in landscape portraiture the new photographs defy any recognition of their geographical location”.

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Catherine Opie, Untitled #10, 2013. © Catherine Opie, Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

It is very striking that her images have a rather different but very interesting approach to landscape photography which makes her work so unique and recognisable.

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