Lara Jo Regan's career as a photographer has been uncommon and diverse, achieving serious acclaim and respect across several disciplines.
With a background in anthropology, journalism, film and fine art, Regan's work combines painterly aesthetics with closely behavioral studies and oblique social commentary, a signature style she has applied to everything from impoverished Appalachians to the rich elite. Her interpretive documentary coverage of American culture has been regularly commissioned and published by the world's leading magazines such as Time, Newsweek, Life, Premiere and Entertainment Weekly, among many others. She is the recipient of many of her field's highest honors, including the coveted World Press Photo of the Year.
Over the years, Regan has produced one of the most extensive collections of Southern California photography in existence. Her current projects seek to reinvigorate the meditative and provocative nature of documentary images by pushing the tradition into new abstract, conceptual and semi-cinematic realms - while still preserving documentary photography's essential function of inciting meaningful alternative contemplation of the real world.
Ironically, Regan also became known for creating a cultural phenomenon as well as covering one, as the artist behind the Mr. Winkle photo collection that transformed her otherworldly canine muse (a rescued stray canine) into an international cult icon featured in best-selling books, calendars, and collected artwork. This led to a deepening interest in animal photography, resulting in numerous other groundbreaking books on the topic, as well as curatorial projects.
Regan's work has been exhibited throughout the world and is part of many collections. Major articles about her work have appeared in dozens of prominent publications worldwide such as The New York Times, USA Today and The Los Angeles Times, and she has been a featured guest ton numerous television broadcasts including CNN, the BBC and the Today Show.
Her latest book is titled Dog in Cars.
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