A self-taught photographer, who first took up a camera professionally in the military and received fine art training at the National Academy in New York, Bud Lee (1941-2015) had an idiosyncratic eye unconstrained by the conventions of documentary photography.

 

Between 1967 and 1974, he worked on assignment for Life, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and many other publications, somehow finding himself at the centre of some of the biggest stories of the time.

 

An outsider who got insider access, his work is poetic and painterly, occasionally droll and irreverent. 

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