It was the decade of wonderwoman and superman. Jimi Hendrix died. Smoking wasn’t a health risk, and bell-bottoms were a staple in the wardrobe; and the soundtrack rolling in the background was the Stones, Janis Joplin, and Led Zeppelin.
In 1970’s Margaret River, there was a character who had more than a glimpse of this iconic pop culture. Ric Chan was a photographer for some of the big bands touring Australia at the time. Mick Jagger, The BeeGees, Elton John, Nina Simone – the list is extensive and pretty outrageous. For someone that called Margaret River home in the 70s, Ric bucked the status quo tremendously. An eccentric mix of Chinese & New Zealand heritage, he had an urbane air of cool, and a wild adrenaline that was clearly magnetic. Ric Chan gathered friends wherever he went. Professionally, not only did he photograph high profile musicians, he was a well-known surfing photographer, a model, a voice-over artist and a DJ. Ric pretty much had every base covered in the creative industry.