"The pictures weren't given a chance to shine in the Sing Blue
Silver book, this will be a big book with full page images."
O'Regan, the renowned English rock photographer often associated
with the Queen, David Bowie, and Duran Duran [he travelled the world
as their official photographer], has been working hard over the
latest months digitally restoring his old Duran Duran images for
his upcoming book that will be called Careless Memories.
or Careless Memories?
Denis actually thought about '1984' as title for the book but he
later commented "that's been done, so title will be CarelessMemories
I asked Denis if the book offers a selection of pics from different
eras of the band, in particular if there are pics from the 1988
US Caravan tour, the 1993 South African shows and the great UK 2004
He said "I'm saving those pics for other books tba.
This book will be Sing Blue Silver. You could hardly
see the pics in the 1984 book!
I also asked about the distribution and available formats for this
He said that Careles Memories book will be available online only:
"it will be a limited edition, initially only for sale online".
I told him how much we love the work he has done with the band over
the years, especially the Sing Blue Silver book, but that particular
edition didn't do justice to the greatness of some shots as they
were too small in the layout... So we can't really wait to see some
of those pics in all their large size glory!
He commented "I agree. The pictures weren't given a chance
to shine. This will be a big book with full page images."
Back in January, when Denis was working intensely with the book
designers he commented: "after all this work it won't be cheap!"
So guys, are you starting to save to get this glossy treasure? I'm
just saying that I
already can't wait!
pics of the 1984 Duran Duran release Sing Blue Silver: the photographic
book, the japanese version of the same book, the laser disc,
the video tape and a full page advert for all these prodoucts.
Beautiful and Damned
World of 1980s Fashion Illustrator Tony Viramontes
we reported in the previous site update, a new book about the work
of artist Tony Viramontes [known among the Duran fan-base for his
beautiful illustrations on the Arcadia album], written by Dean Rhys
Morgan, was in the works.
Well, the good news is that book published by Laurence King is now
ready for preorders here
The book has
been enriched by contributions from different artists, including
Nick Rhodes, who have worked with Tony during the Arcadia project.
interviewed by Dean Rhys Morgan, talks about the Viramontes/Arcadia
collaboration and shares, from his personal collection, the beautiful
and previously unpublished sleeve art for the ‘So Red The
Rose’ [pic above]
remembers that Viramontes was a little more reticent when it came
to creating portraits of the group.
"I think Tony was definetely more comfortable drawing women.
With Violeta he was swishing his arms around and cocking his bat,
really creating one sketch after another.
With us the process was a little more laboured, he was more concerned
about likeness, that it wasn’t quite right or he needed
to get our features spot-on but I said to him, “look it’s
The record sleeve of ‘So Red The Rose’
perfectly describes the mood of the record within."
picture: Violeta Sanchez | New York, 1985 | Collection of
has a lyrical extravagance."
the left Tony Viramontes draws on Nick Rhodes' hand on the set of
Election Day music video. On the right a beautiful pic of Nick shot
by Viramontes back in 1985
on Water with Simon Le Bon
has captured some incredible moments. Not least the one she captured
up the mast of Drum, which in the test of time, has proven to be
one of the most iconic photographs ever taken of me." Simon
I was up there, I saw it offered the chance for a really heroic
image of Simon. I called down to him and, even though it was
blowing Force 7, he was keen to give it a go. Kos
On Water, Hardcover: 160 pages, Publisher: A&C Black Trade;
On January 3, 2013 has
been published Walking On Waters that includes a foreword by Duran
Duran singer and keen sailor Simon Le Bon and also a beautiful picture
of him on the Drum, one of the most iconic from that adventure.
The book is a gorgeous celebration of outstanding marine photography,
packed with spectacular images that take you close to the action.
For her entire career Kos has captured dramatic, eyecatching shots
that made her the envy of her peers; this book provides a unique
insight into the work and skills of a remarkable indomitable female
photographer who has made her distinctive mark in what is very much
a tough man's world.
by Simon Le Bon
this: a bright fresh day in June. the pale green-grey waters of
the Solent whipped to white by a stiffening breeze. I'm sitting
on the rail, with twenty professional racing sailors.
This is Drum in 1985. Around us the sea is cut in all directions
by small, fast powerboats: support teams on RIBs; spectators trying
to get a glimpse; marine photographers trying to get that definitive
shot which says it all about a boat and a crew built to win a race
around the world.
One female photographer seems to get more of our attention than
any other. Cynics joke that it's because the happy, funny, blonde
girl can't keep still, that she can never quite fasten up her wind
jacket; that she just stands out from the rest of them. She certainly
is an eyeful, and qhat's more, she certainly does know to take a
The first time I went 100 ft up the mast of Drum, we were on flat
water doing 12 and a half knots, under full sail with a spinnaker
flying. Kos was at the top shooting down at me.
Modern competition sailing is an extreme, macho world. This is where
Kos has chosen to develop her unique style of marine photography,
often from the top of yatch masts, her trademark.
And for a girl in a man's world that's no mean feat. Rough or smooth
water, she is always at the masthead, hanging upside down to tale
these amazing pictures. That she is fearless and brave I know.
The pictures contained in this celebration are in my opinion some
of the best ever taken of yachts at sea. Over thirty years Kos has
captured some incredible moments. Not least the one she captured
up the mast of Drum, which in the test of time, has proven to be
one of the most iconic photographs ever taken of me.
I hope that you enjoy this book as much as I have.
a Real Sailing ‘Rock Star’
a sport photographer, this was quite a daunting experience. To work
with this rock legend would be interesting. Having worked with a
number of celebrities, I know they can be quite temperamental. However,
Simon was passionate about sailing and, as he was about to embark
on a Round the World race, I hoped he would want to make an impact
on his crewmates and be adventurous.
wanted to shoot my trademark image looking from up th emast of Drum
and her skipper, Skip Novak, agreed without hesitation. While I
was up there, I saw it offered the chance for a really heroic image
of Simon. I called down to him and, even though it was blowing Force
7, he was keen to give it a go.
he’d never been asked to do anything like this before, he
scrambled up to the last set of spreaders 100ft aloft - clearly
a real sailing ‘rock star’ - without any guidance from
me. Emboldened, he wanted to go right to the top of the mast and
I returned to the deck to make way for him.
the Whitbread, Drum was set to sail in the famous Fastnet race.
I was asked to shoot the trip from onboard. Luckily, as it transpired,
I had another assignment already booked in Holland and was unable
I photographed the start off Cowes in very rough condtions, and
returned to London to leave for the airport at the crack of dawn
the folllowing morning to fly to Holland.
During the night, Fleet Street started calling me for pictures of
Simon on board Drum
Drum’s keel had sheered off and she’d capsized a full
180 degree upsode downl I couldn’t believe the news.
I thought they had got the wrong boat and told them so, until they
explained what had happened. I was so relieved to learn everyone
had been rescued safely although some crew had been trapped below
decks. including Simon. I felt so lucky that I had not been on board.
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