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Ed Caraeff
Photography
(Santa Monica, CA, 1950 - )

Ed Caraeff was 17 when he arrived in Monterey with a group of his high school friends, including Rodney Bingenheimer, the -€œMayor of the Sunset Strip-€. His photography career started in high school, mostly working in the darkroom. When he heard on the local Los Angeles radio that one of his favorite bands, The Seeds, was arriving at LAX the next day, he decided to skip out after lunch and head there to try to get some shots. At the airport, -€œA lady executive from The Seeds-€™ record label, GNP Crescendo Records, handed me her business card and told me to bring her those photos for her to see.-€ This was the start of Ed-€™s career in Rock & Roll photography. When he arrived at Monterey Pop, he nearly didn-€™t get into the festival- someone else had used his name. Ed-€™s iconic shot of Jimi Hendrix, which appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone twice, was shot on a Voigtlander camera he borrowed from his family optometrist. After the festival, Ed went on to design and shoot over 200 album covers for artists such as Elton John, Steely Dan, Carly Simon, Three Dog Night, Tom Waits and Dolly Parton. He worked in graphic design, and as a restaurateur. More recently, he-€™s taken to traveling. He is currently working on a cross-country -€œbucket list trip-€ in his VW bus -€œMoonbeam.-€


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