Mr. Winkle and his
step-sibling Clark Cat relaxing with Lara Jo Regan in her California
home that she also shares with two beloved and inspiring humans,
husband David DiMichele and daughter Dannie.
Lara Jo Regan's career as a photographer has been uncommon and diverse,
achieving serious acclaim and respect across the journalistic, art and
With a background in Anthropology and fine art, Reganʼs work combines
painterly aesthetics with closely observed behavioral studies and
oblique social commentary, a signature style she has applied to
everything from impoverished Appalachians to the Hollywood elite. Her
interpretive documentary coverage of American culture has been regularly
commissioned and published by the worldʼs leading magazines such as
Time, Newsweek, Life, Premiere and Entertainment Weekly,
among many others. She is the recipient of many of her fieldʼs highest
honors, including Pictures of the Year awards and the coveted World
Press Photo of the Year.
Ironically, Regan also became known for creating a cultural phenomenon
as well as covering one, as the artist behind the What is Mr. Winkle?
photo collection that transformed her otherworldly canine muse, Mr.
Winkle (a rescued stray), into an international cult icon featured in
best-selling books, calendars, cards and collected artwork. The
perennial popularity of this unique enterprise took over Reganʼs life
for years, but ultimately allowed her to devote more time to long-term
conceptual fine art and documentary projects, and the completion of her
Regan's work has been exhibited throughout the world and is part of many
collections. She has been a featured guest on numerous television
broadcasts including CNN, the BBC, and The Today Show several times.
Major articles about her work have appeared in dozens of prominent
publications worldwide such as The New York Times, USA Today and The Los
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