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Guide to the Katja B. Goldman and Michael Sonnenfeldt Collection of Photographs
1900-2002
 PR 305

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Collection processed by Brynn White, June, 2014. Revised by Marybeth Kavanagh, 2019.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 11, 2019 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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Series III: Ken Regan and Camera 5, 1965-2002

Biographical / Historical

Photojournalist Ken Regan (d. 2012) worked for over five decades prolifically documenting pop culture, sports, foreign conflicts, and other current events. Credited with over 200 magazine covers, Regan was most well-known for a discretion and professionalism which earned him intimate shooting access to famous politicians, musicians, and other celebrities.

Born in the Bronx, Regan received a camera for his 12th birthday and began shooting sports and musical events as the Mount Saint Michael Academy school photographer. He studied journalism at Columbia and attended New York University Film School. His first paid assignment, from the New York Times Sunday Magazine, was to cover the famous Thanksgiving rock concert at the Fillmore East featuring Jefferson Airplane and Johnny Winter; his work ultimately resulted in a three-page spread. Regan sent self-made prints of his work along with a thank you note to the concert promoter Bill Graham. This unusual practice, which he continued throughout his career, inaugurated a symbiotic relationship with Graham, who later established Regan as house photographer to The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.

Regan also covered major sports events for magazines Time,  Sports Illustrated,  Life, and  Newsweek. In the 1970s he founded Camera 5, an agency of 15 photographers who covered wars, riots and demonstrations, and other national and international hard news and human interest stories.

In addition, Regan served as the self-proclaimed "unofficial Kennedy family photographer" for thirty years, amassing one of the largest bodies of photographs of the Camelot political dynasty in both public and private settings.

Regan's work continually appeared in a wide range of major publications including Vanity Fair,  Rolling Stone, and  People, who often called upon Regan to capture unguarded moments from camera weary celebrities. "We trust him," musician James Taylor wrote of Regan in his 2011 publication of rock and roll photography  All Access, "We can be ourselves around him. He is one of us." Regan additionally published  Knockout: The Art of Boxing in 2007.

Of his photography goals, Regan said "I think that if you're able to capture an image that nobody else has then that's what makes the image important; that's what people are interested in." Increased publicist control over celebrity access and the advent of digital photography reduced magazine travel assignments, prompting Regan's turn towards corporate film and television work in the 90s. He developed continuing working relationships with directors Jonathan Demme and Clint Eastwood, among others, for whom he shot on-set production photography. Regan died on November 25, 2012.

Arrangement

The Ken Regan photographs are arranged into four main subseries: 1) On-Set Productions, 2) Portraiture, 3) New York Events, and 4) Dachau. Further arrangement is outlined in individual subseries notes.

Materials are stamped as being the work of Ken Regan and property of Camera 5. Subject names, dates, and further descriptions inconsistently appear on the verso, with frequent name misspellings. Some of the photographs have been laminated, and are housed separately, as depicted in the container list.

Subseries III.1: On-Set Productions , 1970-2002

Scope and Contents

This subseries features Regan's on-set photography work, chiefly on film and television productions, but also including the 1977 television broadcast of the National Ballet Theatre production of The Nutcracker, featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov and a Metropolitian opera production. Some early Regan work -- notably,  John and Mary (1969) and  Little Murders (1971) -- appears, but the series generally comprises Regan's corporate assignments from the 1990s and 2000s. These include recurring collaborations with directors Jonathan Demme and Clint Eastwood and actor Denzel Washington, substantial coverage of Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt in  The Devil's Own (1997), and the chronicling of Christopher Reeve's directorial debut  In the Gloaming (1997), two years after his paralysis.

Arrangement

This subseries is arranged alphabetically by production title, with all featured productions identified in the container list.

Select on-set photography, labelled according to subject, also appears in Subseries III.2.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 19 Folder : 1 All My Children [TV]
circa 1985
Box: 19 Folder : 2 Beloved
1998
Box: 19 Folder : 2 The Bridges of Madison County
1995
Box: 24 The Bridges of Madison County - Laminated
1955
Box: 19 Folder : 2 Cry Baby
1990
Box: 19 Folder : 2 Defection of Simas Kurdika
1978
Box: 19 Folder : 3-8 The Devil's Own
1997
Box: 25 The Devil's Own - Laminated
1997
Box: 19 Folder : 9 The Electric Company [TV]
circa 1975
Box: 19 Folder : 10-11 The Exorcist II: The Heretic
1997
Box: 24 The Exorcist II: The Heretic - Laminated
1997
Box: 19 Folder : 12 Freejack
1992
Box: 19 Folder : 13-15 The Hurricane
1999
Box: 19 Folder : 16 In the Gloaming [TV]
1997
Box: 19 Folder : 17 John and Mary
1969
Box: 19 Folder : 18 Little Murders
1970
Box: 19 Folder : 19 Look Back in Anger [TV]
1980
Box: 19 Folder : 20 The Molly Maguires
1970
Box: 19 Folder : 21 Nell
1994
Box: 20 Folder : 1-2 The Pelican Brief
1992
Box: 20 Folder : 3-4 Philadelphia
1993
Box: 20 Folder : 5 Silence of the Lambs
1991
Box: 20 Folder : 5 Space Cowboys
2000
Box: 20 Folder : 6 The Truth About Charlie
2002
Box: 19 Folder : 9 A Very Special Christmas [TV]
1998
Box: 20 Folder : 7 Metropolitian Opera - Dido and Aeneas
1973
Box: 20 Folder : 8 The Nutcracker [TV] - Laminated
1977

Subseries III.2: Portraiture, 1964-1996

Scope and Contents

This subseries represents Regan's photojournalistic reportage and trademark abilities to capture public figures in natural and intimate settings, both within and outside their professional contexts. Images cover a broad spectrum of public figures and events, and have been arranged by subject into three subseries: A) Entertainment, B) Politics and Crime, and C) Sports. All subseries are arranged alphabetically by subject. Individuals with 4-5 or more images have their own folders and entries in the container list; the others have been grouped together and are arranged alphabetically in the "miscellaneous" files. Some of the photographs have been laminated and are housed separately.

Additional Regan portraits, including further entertainment, rock'n'roll, politics, and sports subjects, are in Series VI and VII.

Subseries III.2 A: Entertainment, 1964-1996

Scope and Contents

Subseries subjects range from Classic Hollywood icons Lauren Bacall, Kirk Douglas, and Charlie Chaplin to New Hollywood stars such as Warren Beatty, Ali McGraw, Ryan O'Neal, John Travolta, Raquel Welch, Jon Voight, Ryan O'Neal, Jane Fonda, Matt Dillon, and Robert De Niro. The collection is particularly strong in newscasters and journalists: Barbara Walter, Walter Cronkite, Christine Amanpour, Phyllis George, Gay Talese, Harry Reasoner, John McLaughlin, and underwater photojournalist Peter Gimbel. A wide range of prominent directors and writers (Paul Mazursky, John Huston, A.J. Antoon, and John Houseman) theatre performers (Tyne Daly and Wooster Group founder Ron Vawter), musicians (Pearl Bailey and Neil Diamond), comedians (Bob Hope and Buddy Hackett), television stars (Gary Collins of Born Free), and New York personalities (Sylvia Miles, Celeste Holm, and "male mannequin" Kevin Boyce) are also present. Other pop culture figures featured are heiresses Gloria Vanderbilt and Ann and Charlotte Ford, Ronald Raegan's daughter Patti Davis, businessman Charles Evans, and Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 astronauts.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 21 Folder : 1 Dan Akroyd
1981-1982
Box: 21 Folder : 2 Christine Amanpour
c. 1985-1995
Box: 21 Folder : 3 A.J. Antoon
Undated
Box: 21 Folder : 4 Alan Arkin
Undated
Box: 21 Folder : 5 Neil Armstrong and Astronaunts
1969
Box: 21 Folder : 6 "B" - Miscellaneous
1964-1996
Box: 21 Folder : 1 Candice Bergen
Undated
Box: 21 Folder : 7 Polly Bergen
1980
Box: 24 Polly Bergen - Laminated
1980
Box: 21 Folder : 8 Ellen Burstyn
1964-1980
Box: 21 Folder : 8 Richard Burton
Undated
Box: 21 Folder : 9-10 "C" - Miscellaneous
1964-1996
Box: 21 Folder : 11 Dick Cavett and Guests
1977, Undated
Box: 21 Folder : 12 Charlie Chaplin
1972
Box: 21 Folder : 13 Gary Collins
1974
Box: 21 Folder : 14 Walter Cronkite
1981, Undated
Box: 21 Folder : 15-16 "D" - Miscellaneous
1964-1996
Box: 21 Folder : 17-18 Patti Davis
1983
Box: 24 Matt Dillon - Laminated
1980
Box: 22 Folder : 1 David Dukes
1983
Box: 22 Folder : 2 Robert Duvall
1984-1985
Box: 21 Folder : 16 "E" - Miscellaneous
1964-1996
Box: 22 Folder : 3 Samantha Egger
1985
Box: 23 Folder : 4 Charles Evans
1983
Box: 21 Folder : 16 "F" - Miscellaneous
1964-1996
Box: 22 Folder : 1 Carrie Fisher
Box: 22 Folder : 5 Ann Ford
Undated
Box: 22 Folder : 6 "G" - Miscellaneous
1964-1996
Box: 22 Folder : 7-8 Phyllis George
1976
Box: 22 Folder : 9-10 Peter Gimbel
1981
Box: 22 Folder : 10-11 "H" - Miscellaneous
1964-1996
Box: 22 Folder : 12 Gene Hackman
1973
Box: 22 Folder : 12 Bob Hope
Undated
Box: 22 Folder : 11 "I" - Miscellaneous
1964-1996
Box: 22 Folder : 13 Jill Ireland
1979
Box: 22 Folder : 11 "J" - Miscellaneous
1964-1996
Box: 22 Folder : 14 Victoria Jackson
Undated
Box: 21 Folder : 8-9 "K" - Miscellaneous
1964-1996
Box: 22 Folder : 15 David Keith
1983
Box: 22 Folder : 15 Stacy Keach
1984
Box: 22 Folder : 14 Shirley Knight
Undated
Box: 22 Folder : 16 "L" - Miscellaneous
1964-1996
Box: 22 Folder : 17 Ron Liebman
1980
Box: 23 Folder : 1-2 Joan Lunden
1980
Box: 23 Folder : 3-4 "M" - Miscellaneous
1964-1996
Box: 23 Folder : 5 Ali McGraw
1980-1985
Box: 23 Folder : 6 John McLaughlin
1976
Box: 23 Folder : 6 Ann-Margret
Undated
Box: 23 Folder : 7 Paul Mazursky
1976-1982
Box: 23 Folder : 4 "N" - Miscellaneous
1964-1996
Box: 23 Folder : 8 Kathy Nolan
Undated
Box: 23 Folder : 9 "O-T" - Miscellaneous
1964-1996
Box: 23 Folder : 10 Christopher Reeve
1996
Box: 23 Folder : 8 John Travolta
1978
Box: 23 Folder : 11 Stanley Tucci
1993
Box: 23 Folder : 12 "V" - Miscellaneous
1964-1996
Box: 23 Folder : 13 Roger Vawter
1993
Box: 23 Folder : 13 Jesse Ventura
1982
Box: 21 Folder : 12 "W" - Miscellaneous
1964-1996
Box: 23 Folder : 14 Mike Wallace
Undated
Box: 23 Folder : 15-17 Barbara Walters
Undated
Box: 24 "A-Z" - Miscellaneous - Laminated
1964-1996

Subseries III.2. B: Politics and Crime, 1966-1992

Scope and Contents

This subseries contain portraits and candid shots of political figures. The subjects are generally New York themed or based, ranging from Bella Abzug speaking at the 1961 Womens Strike Day to the 1981 funeral of mobster Joe Columbo. The "Miscellaneous" files include activists, writers, and political figures Bill Bradley, William F. Buckley, Normal Mailer, Hugh Carey, the Prince and Princess of Denmark, Katherine Dunham, Geraldine Ferraro, Ralph Ginsburg, Robert Trent Jones, and Dennis Weaver. Subjects with their own individual files include Daniel Ellsburg (appearing on the Dick Cavett Show), Brooklyn democratic leader Meade Esposito, Watergate-implicated party John N. Mitchell, President Richard Nixon (on the campaign trail for re-election), eccentric businessman and philanthropist Stewart R. Mott, former New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner, and an undated day-in-the-life photo shoot with inspector Joseph Fink of the New York Police Department, 9th Precinct.

Approximately 85 photographs document politician John Lindsay (1921-2000) during his tenure as New York City Mayor (1969-1973). The materials depict Lindsay press conferences, speeches, and other event appearances, including 1971 visits to a Brooklyn swimming pool and Bronx firehouse dedication. Several files chronicle his unsuccessful 1971-1972 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, including campaigning in Wisconsin and Arizona, and awaiting results at the primary headquarters in Tampa, Florida. Wife Mary Lindsay, civil rights activist Charles Evers, Senator Jacob Joints, President Richard Nixon and other figures, including personal staff and family are variously featured independently and with Lindsay.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 26 Folder : 1-2 "A-Z" - Miscellaneous
1970-1992, Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 3 Bella Abzug
1970, Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 4 Joe Columbo and Family
1978-1981, Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 5 Daniel Ellsburg
1971
Box: 26 Folder : 6 Meade Esposito
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 7 Joseph Fink
Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 1 John Lindsay
1966-1970
Box: 27 Folder : 2-3 John Lindsay
1971
Box: 27 Folder : 4-5 John Lindsay
1972
Box: 27 Folder : 6-7 John Lindsay
Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 8 John Lindsay with Charles Evers
Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 9 John Lindsay Family and Staff
Box: 26 Folder : 9 John N. Mitchell
1974
Box: 26 Folder : 8 Stewart R. Mott
1979
Box: 26 Folder : 9 Richard Nixon
1972, Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 10 Robert F. Wagner
Undated

Subseries III.2 C: Sports, 1966-1983

Scope and Contents

This subseries consists of publicity, action shots, and candids of subjects including journalist Howard Cossell, golfer Lee Trevino (appearing on The Dick Cavett Show), boxer Thomas Hearns, tennis players Bruce Jenner, gymnast Mary Lou Retton, baseball umpire Ron Luciano, and others.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 28 Folder : 1 "A-Z" - Miscellaneous
1976-1983, Undated
Box: 29 "A-Z" - Miscellaneous - Laminated
Box: 29 Mary Lou Retton
Undated

Subseries III.3: New York Events

Scope and Contents

This subseries features Ken Regan coverage of newsworthy events and further activity in New York City, including political rallies and protests, sporting events, local professional athletic teams, and venue interiors.

This subseries is further divided into three subseries: A) Political Activism, B) Sporting Events and Teams, and C) Street Scenes and Interiors. Subseries III.3A, Political Activism, depicts civil rights, peace, and economic rallies and gatherings in New York City during the late 1960s and 1970s. Specific events include a Black Panthers protest of the arrest of the 'Panther 21' in Long Island City (April 6, 1970); peace demonstration outside the United Nations (April 15, 1967); and Womens Strike Day, protesting the lack of affordable or daycare centers (August 26, 1970).

Subseries III.3B, Sporting Events and Teams, showcases action photography of athletes, behind-the-scenes personnel, and spectators, including celebrities such as John Kennedy, Sr., at New York sporting events during the late 1960s to early 1970s, with baseball, basketball, football, hockey, boxing, tennis, and horse-racing all depicted. Local professional teams the New York Giants, New York Jets, New York Knicks, New York Nets, and New York Rangers are featured, as is the 1973 United States-USSR mens basketball game and Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight of June 28, 1974.

Subseries III.3C, Street Scenes and Interiors, contains miscellaneous New York City street scenes, portraits, and interior shots.

Subseries III.3 A: Political Activism, 1967-1979, Undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 27 Folder : 10 Black Panthers
1970
Box: 27 Folder : 11 Rallies and Protests: Peace and Economy
1967, 1969
Box: 27 Folder : 12 Rallies and Protests: Miscellaneous
1960-1975
Box: 27 Folder : 13 Hair: The Musical in Central Park
Undated

Subseries III.3 B: Sporting Events and Teams, 1968-1974

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 29 "A-Z" - Miscellaneous Events - Laminated
1976; Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 3 Muhammad Ali Vs. Joe Frazier
1974
Box: 29 USA vs. USSR - Mens Basketball - Laminated
1973
Box: 29 New York Giants - Laminated
1965-1971
Box: 29 New York Jets - Laminated
c.1968
Box: 28 Folder : 3 New York Knicks
Undated
Box: 29 New York Knicks - Laminated
c.1973
Box: 29 New York Nets - Laminated
c.1972
Box: 28 Folder : 3 New York Rangers
Undated

Subseries III.3 C: Street Scenes and Interiors, 1970; Undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 28 Folder : 4 Ann Cote, New York Hosptial
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 4 Fashionable Women on Fifth Avenune
1970
Box: 28 Folder : 4 Interior: The Sandwich Construction Co., World Trade Center
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 4 Interior: El Morocco
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 4 Interior: Lincoln Center
Undated

Subseries III.4: Dachau

Scope and Contents

This sub-series features undated photographs taken of memorials, exhibitions, and visitors of Dachau, the site of the first Nazi concentration camp in Germany. The pictures are undated but taken some time after 1965, when the former camp was opened to the public as a memorial and museum.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 28 Folder : 5-6 Dachau
Undated

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