Throughout the sixties and seventies he turned his hand to editorial, fashion, celebrity portraiture, and nudes, and he excelled and innovated in each one. He pioneered the use of a wide angle lens for close up portraits, and his beautifully constructed work is characterised by the use of deeply saturated colours.
Our interest lies with Kane’s music portfolio, a series of brilliant images taken for magazine features, principally in the second half of the sixties and featuring The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who, Cream, The Doors, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Frank Zappa and others. Art Kane’s limited edition photographs are available to purchase in a range of sizes, including some in dramatic ultra large formats measuring six feet high. It’s particularly exciting to be able to offer previously unpublished Art Kane studio portraits of Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, and working closely with Art Kane’s son Jonathan, we have unearthed a triptych of images showing them at the height of their pop art pomp.
Examples of Kane’s innovation abound. Smells Like Teen Spirit? Look at the portrait of Sonny and Cher, taken underwater in Los Angeles in 1966 and you’ll see Kane was there more than 25 years before Nirvana. And who took the first punk rock picture? Look no further than Kane’s tightly framed 1966 close up of Brian Jones, a swirling contrast of skin pores, hair and fabric, with the Rolling Stone biting into a portrait of the Queen. Or may be not quite 100% punk : look closely at the teethmarks and you’ll see he just avoided her head.