Bent Rej

b.1940 - d.2016
Bent Rej was a Danish photographer best-known for his photographs from the early days of rock 'n' roll. We have a small selection of signed photographs available. Please contact us for details!

Bent Rej was born in Denmark in 1940. After what he describes as a photographic education, he began his career in the early sixties as a press-photographer for one of the leading newspapers in Denmark, Extra Bladet.

In the mid-sixties he undertook many photographic sessions with great rock stars of the time, including The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, The Animals and The Beatles.

From March 1965 to May 1966 Bent Rej enjoyed unique access to The Rolling Stones, becoming one of the band’s trusted inner circle of friends and associates, and accompanying them on their first full European outing: the Satisfaction tour.

During the seventies and eighties, Bent Rej concentrated more on fashion and advertising photography and he also undertook commercial campaigns for many international companies. In the early 2000s, for example, he  produced and photographed the famous "Probably the Best Beer in the World" campaigns for Carlsberg.

He also had a passion for architecture and completed editorial features for international magazines and books all over the world. He worked on special projects including books with flower artist Tage Andersen and a book on Provence with Robert Dallas. In 2005, he published a photographic book on the early days with the Rolling Stones.

Sadly, Bent Rej passed away in 2016, leaving his life’s work of rock photography, Cuban travels, Pinup-girls and much more for his two daughters Ny and Mumle. They have carried on the legacy and now offer estate authorized limited edition photographs.