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Legendary rock photographer Ken Regan died on Sunday (November 25th) of cancer, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. Regan who notoriously never told his age, was best known for his shots of the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan -- although his works spanned into current events, politics, and sports. His most recent book was published in 2011 -- All Access: The Rock Photography Of Ken Regan.
Last year, New York City's Morrison Hotel Gallery in SoHo hosted Ken Regan Presents Bob Dylan. The show, which was produced in honor of Dylan's 70th, featured Regan's classic and iconic shots from Dylan's historic fall 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour. Regan told us that prior to the tour, it was inconceivable for Dylan to allow any photographer such unprecedented and unlimited access: "He just came out of his shell. It was like, the equivalent of Howard Hughes -- who nobody had seen or talked to in 20 years -- suddenly saying, 'Okay, I want you to document everything that I'm doing for the next 70 days.' And I did! I shot 13,475 images."
Regan said that even though Dylan was more accessible than he had ever been before in his career -- he did demand a modicum of privacy: "He said, 'There are a couple of reservations that I have. My wife and kids are gonna be on the tour. You can photograph them as much as you want -- never, ever release them.'"
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