RIP music photographer and photo agency founder Michael Putland who has died aged 72. He died peacefully at home in the UK after a short illness.
The Retna photo agency was established in 1977 by Michael – The photo collection includes celebrities and pop culture icons, along with fashion and event images from the 60s to early 80s. It includes rare early photos of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Elton John, David Bowie, ABBA, KISS, Bruce Springsteen and hundreds of other major performing artists, as well fashion models including Heidi Klum and other celebrities and icons.
While Michael’s photography is now with Getty Images – in 2005 Retna UK and Retna US were sold and became separate entities – Corbis then represented Retna US in 2009. Retna UK went to Photoshot (now Avalon)
In January 2019 the assets of Retna USA were acquired by Globe Photos including more than 750,000 negatives and 250,000 vintage prints, as well as the Retna Photo Agency name and its database of contacts and photographers. Earlier this year Globe Photos partnered with MediaPunch.