Laura Jo Degan for Newsweek – by Eric Kayne

Laura Jo Degan

Houston, TX-based photographer Eric Kayne photographed an assignment for a special section of Newsweek titled “Then & Now.”

I’m proud to have my first-ever tearsheet from Newsweek magazine. We had a subscription to Newsweek growing up and I always looked forward to it. At the time, there was no internet and I wouldn’t have seen any other photography like it in my day to day life. Also, my Dad is somewhat of a news junkie, and by default I became one as well (the news was usually followed by a painful-to-watch, poorly produced 1980’s-era episode of the BBC’s “Dr. Who,” but that’s an entirely other blog post).

For a special section titled “Then & Now,” I worked with Shaminder Dulai, the director of photography at Newsweek. The magazine checked in with subjects who were part of a special teenager issue in 1966 to see what they’d been up to for the last 50 years. I photographed Laura Jo Degan, who was great to work with. She had close ties with one of my favorite 1960’s psych-rock bands, the 13th Floor Elevators. During our shoot, I was in awe as she showed me photos of her and Roky Erickson and the rest of the band. She even made me a salad from veggies in her garden. It was definitely one of my favorite assignments this year to date.

See more photos on Eric’s blog.

Laura Jo Degan

Laura Jo Degan

Laura Jo Degan

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