Millions of words have been written about the sixties – the groups, the singers and the scene – but nothing captures the magic quite like brilliant photography. It was a time when music was not burdened with the labels that have since become commonplace. Pop music was… well it was pop music.
Music marketing hadn’t been invented and while image was everything it wasn’t manipulated and managed like it is today. Music was either in the Pop, Jazz or Classical sections of record shops and Pop was everything from The Mothers of Invention and Jimi Hendrix to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, and Tich. Unique is an over used word, but Bent Rej’s photographs really do provide just such an insight into a crazy world. His pictures are like ‘time-pieces’ from that magical time when music was testing its boundaries, when radical change was not merely
a dream but fast becoming a reality. Crucially Bent’s pictures are not just images of the artists – he has stories and insights to go with his pictures and the exact date when each and every one was shot. Bent was one of a handful of photographers who became part of the scene.
“These people were not stars to us, they were our friends.” – Bent Rej