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

Ed Caraeff
Born (1950-04-18) April 18, 1950 (age 73)
California, US
Occupation(s)Photographer, art director, illustrator, designer
Years active1967–present

He has art directed, photographed and designed more than 400 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 magazine 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 has been reproduced in various articles and was included in his 2017 book Burning Desire: The Jimi Hendrix Experience through the Lens of Ed Caraeff.[2][1]

Career edit

Caraeff's photographs have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and used in many different media, including album covers, TV ads, magazines, radio posters, promotional posters, and merchandise. He has also photographed and created album covers for numerous artists, including Bee Gees, Elton John, Dolly Parton, Little Richard, Jim Morrison, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, the Carpenters, Hall & Oates, Dwight Twilley, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Cheech & Chong, Steely Dan, Marvin Gaye, Carly Simon, Tim Buckley and Jose Feliciano,[3] among others.

In 1979, Ed Caraeff was called by music producer Robert Stigwood for the fourth time to shoot the cover for the consummate Bee Gees-era album Spirits Having Flown, which was promoted by the Spirits Having Flown Tour '79.[4]

Caraeff stepped away from his camera in 1981 with the Private Eyes album by Hall & Oates to pursue his next dream of becoming a chef. In 1987 Rolling Stone magazine asked him for permission to use a forgotten picture of Jimi Hendrix as a magazine cover.[5][6]

References edit

  1. ^ a b Purper, Benjamin (June 19, 2022). "Legendary rock photographer ed Caraeff on a lifetime of photos, cooking and traveling". KCBX. Archived from the original on March 24, 2023.
  2. ^ "Unseen photos of Jimi Hendrix's greatest performances". CNN.
  3. ^ "Ed Caraeff". Iconic Images. Archived from the original on March 28, 2023.
  4. ^ "Spirits Having Flown - Bee Gees | Credits". AllMusic. Archived from the original on September 3, 2022.
  5. ^ Vadukul, Alex (November 13, 2009). ""Who Shot Rock and Roll" Celebrates the Photographers Behind the Iconic Images". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 7, 2023.
  6. ^ Page, Max (February 21, 2014). "Story Behind Jimi Hendrix Burning Guitar And Other Iconic Photos By Ed Caraeff". Popdust. Archived from the original on September 3, 2022.