Image courtesy of Ken Regan/Camera 5
Legendary photographer Ken Regan, who shot many celebrities like Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones, passed away recently after losing his battle with cancer.
Ken was a photojournalist who breached through the impenetrable aura surrounding our demi-gods rock ‘n’ roll stars and photographed Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and innumerable more icons in his lens. What stood him and his photographs apart from the many photographers in the rest of the world? The larger than life celebrities found in him and his lens, a confidante and an image-maker who would showcase the world a true projection of them. The jargons of superficiality were beyond Ken Regan. As a result, even the most intimate moments of their lives had Ken as a witness. And, with his trusted camera, he would unfailingly churn a beautiful photograph of the icons with all their guards down. More often than not these photographs were unique in depicting the larger-than-life superstars in shades unseen by the world before.
Bryce Bayer, the inventor of Bayer Filter passed away recently at the age of 83. The former Kodak scientist is most widely recognised as the ‘Father of Digital Imaging’ for his 1976 patented Bayer Filter which till now finds applications in almost all digital cameras and mobile phones. His unforgettable contribution to the digital world plays an integral part in the way we see and perceive images nowadays as an incessant part of all our daily lives.
How do you fill a void left by the sudden demise of a legend? When the famed and the acclaimed leave behind an incomplete repertoire of their work, it is heart breaking. Prabuddha Dasgupta was the spark that lit up Indian fashion photography on the world stage. The master lensman and one of the most recognised Indian fashion photographers passed away last Sunday aged 58. He was in the middle of a photo shoot near Mumbai.
He took refuge in photography as a shy man’s escapade. It was a medium in which he chose to communicate with the fairer kind. A few years ago, he had said to us, “For a shy person like me, photography became an easy way to meet and get to know women; something I was otherwise too reticent to do.”
Horst Faas (April 28, 1933 - May 10, 2012)
Horst Faas was a legendary photojournalist, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and a senior photo editor at The Associated Press. He was instrumental in changing the mannerism in which photojournalists would go on to cover a conflict. He died on May 10, 2012at the age of 79 leaving an eternal void in the realm of photojournalism.
Faas was born in Munich, Germany in 1933. His career took off with Keystone Agency employing him 1951. At the tender age of 21, he was handling assignment like Indochina and later, the Geneva negotiations of 1954. His long association with the Associated Press began when he joined them in 1956. It was here that he went on to cover wars inVietnam, Laos, Congo and Algeria, which earned him the world’s respect and a reputation of being a hard-news war photographer.
For over a decade starting 1962, he was appointed AP’s chief for photo operations in Saigon.
On 25th November, 1963, as the whole nation of America mourned the passage of John F. Kennedy, Sam Stearns and a bunch of seventy other photographers stood outside the Cathedral of St. Matthew to capture the funeral procession. As the president’s coffin was carried out of the cathedral, John F. Kennedy Jr. raised his hand to salute his father. It was a moment that had lasted for just under 5 seconds and could have easily been missed but for Stearns. Sam Stearns camera captured the moment of a 3 year old Kennedy Jr. paying homage to his father which no other photographer present there did.
This image was to become one of the most widely reproduced images of the last half-century. It symbolized an entire nation during its most distressing moment. The little soldier was to become the light for an entire nation to not lose its hope. "One exposure on a roll of 36 exposures,” Stearns was to say in an interview decades later about the click.