Known as “Doris” by Freddie Mercury, “Reg” by Duran Duran and on one occasion “Yob” by Keith Richards, Denis O’Regan was taken by his mother to see The Beatles at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in 1963. He was inspired to take up photography after seeing David Bowie at the same venue in 1973 and, by 1976, was sneaking his camera into concerts by Paul McCartney and Queen, the latter of whom would take him on tour as their official photographer in 1984.
A regular shooter for New Music Express at the height of the UK punk explosion, he graduated from covering The Jam, The Buzzcocks and The Clash in the late Seventies to touring with The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Pink Floyd in the 80s and 90s. He was also the official photographer for the Wembley Live Aid Concert and claims to have been kissed on the lips by Pete Townshend.
O’Regan’s photos have appeared in Time, Life, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, GQ and Photo, along with hundreds of newspapers and music magazines. His photo of Freddie Mercury was utilized in the design of the Royal Mail's Millennium first class postage stamp.