Ed Caraeff (born April 18, 1950) is an American photographer, illustrator and graphic designer, who has worked largely in the music industry.

Ed Caraeff
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Born (1950-04-18) April 18, 1950 (age 72)
California, US
OccupationPhotographer, art director, illustrator, designer
Years active1967–present

He has art directed, photographed and designed hundreds[quantify] of record album covers from 1967 to 1981 for numerous artists, including Bee Gees, Elton John, Steely Dan, Carly Simon, Three Dog Night, Tom Waits and Dolly Parton. His photography has appeared on the cover of four issues of Rolling Stone and is included in the permanent collection of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[1]

Caraeff's photograph of Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival is considered iconic[by whom?].[2][3]


Caraeff's photographs are inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame[citation needed] and have been used by many different media and ads, including album covers, TV, Magazines, Radio posters, Promotional Posters, merchandise (booklets, lunchboxes, dolls, etc), award shows, documentaries, books, and more[quantify]. He has also created album covers and photographs for Elton John, Dolly Parton, Little Richard, Jim Morrison, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, Hall & Oates, Dwight Twilley, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Cheech & Chong, Steely Dan, Marvin Gaye, Tim Buckley, Jose Feliciano, and many more[quantify].

In 1979, Ed Caraeff was called by Robert Stigwood for the 4th time[citation needed] to shoot the consummation Bee Gees era album cover "Spirits Having Flown" which was promoted by the "Spirits Having Flown Tour '79". Caraeff not only toured with the Bee Gees, he was also responsible for creating the design of the "Caesar's Chariot" (the Boeing 720 plane) bought for the North American tour[citation needed].

Caraeff stepped away from his camera[further explanation needed] in 1981 with the "Private Eyes" album by Hall & Oates. In 1987 Rolling Stone magazine asked him for permission to use a forgotten picture of Jimi Hendrix as a magazine cover[citation needed]. That picture of "Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967" has become an iconic picture of Hendrix.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]


  1. ^ Ed Caraeff Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Artist: Ed Caraeff San Francisco Art Exchange
  3. ^ Fletcher, Dan, Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival — 1967 March 2010, time.com
  4. ^ ""He asked me if I knew about Jimi Hendrix; I said no, and he said, "Save some film for this Jimi Hendrix cat, he's real wild." So that's all I knew.' - ed Caraeff interview". May 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "Ed Caraeff discography - RYM/Sonemic".
  6. ^ "Ed Caraeff | Credits". AllMusic.
  7. ^ "An Angel Feather (2021) - IMDb". IMDb.
  8. ^ "The 'Spirits Having Flown' Tour Takes on Madison Square Garden". September 6, 2017.
  9. ^ "318 Boeing 720 "Caesar's Chariot"".
  10. ^ Pappademas, Alex (December 2, 2020). "Barry Gibb Has a Mission: 'Keep the Music Alive'". The New York Times.
  11. ^ "Ed Caraeff interview: Jimi Hendrix at Monterey". November 28, 2020.
  12. ^ https://sfae.com/Artists/Ed-Caraeff