Ken Regan was born and grew up in the Bronx. He studied journalism at Columbia and attended New York University’s Film School. His photography career began in the sports arena where he covered the World Series, Super Bowl, the Olympics, heavyweight championship fights, hockey, basketball, tennis, auto racing and other professional sports for Time, Sports Illustrated, Life, and Newsweek. Ken has photographed sports legends such as Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, Wilt Chamberlain and Vince Lombardi.
Ken has also photographed some of the most renowned musicians in rock and roll history. Ken was at JFK Airport in 1964 to cover the Beatles’ first visit to the United States. In 1975, he did back to back tours with Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. He has photographed Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and other pop and rock legends. He also covered the Band’s Last Waltz, Amnesty International, Live Aid and George Harrison’s benefit for Bangladesh.
In the 1970’s, Ken started Camera 5, his own photo agency representing 15 photographers and amassing an archive of nearly three million images. Ken’s passion for politics made him a sought after photographer for political campaigns and conventions for Newsweek and Time. Ken was the unofficial photographer for the Kennedy family for nearly four decades and his iconic images of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Edward M. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy, displaying their public triumphs and private tragedies, are included in one of the largest collections of Kennedy images in America.
Throughout his prolific professional career, Ken traveled around the globe covering an increasingly troubled world, from the conflict in Vietnam, riots and demonstrations in the United States during the tumultuous late 60’s, apartheid and famine in Africa in the early 80’s.
Later in his career, Ken worked for the film industry shooting stills and special projects for Jonathan Demme, Clint Eastwood, Norman Jewison and other Oscar-winning directors. His credits include The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, The Bridges of Madison County and others.
Ken Regan’s work can be found in the permanent collections of museums around the world, including, International Center of Photography, National Portrait Gallery, Israel Museum, National Museum of American History, The New-York Historical Society, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, International Boxing Hall of Fame, International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, Pro Football Hall of Fame, World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum, the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum and others.
Ken Regan died November 25, 2012 after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by two daughters and a photographic legacy that will long be remembered. It is the celebration of Ken Regan’s life and magnificent work to which this site is dedicated.