Icons and people - Music Legends Aretha Franklin & Ray Charles share a laugh, June 1975
This is a new and growing selection of photography of iconic figures, as well as ordinary people going about their life in a different moment in time. Some of these photography are published for the very first time through Modern Art Etc. worldwide.
In this series, we present Harry Adams' photography of iconic Americans, some of them well known throughout the world, not as African Americans, but simply, Americans, who have brought their talents, fortitude and creativity to the world. Some of them are heroes of all time, who have dedicated their lives to advancing peace, justice and equality, making a fairer, more equitable, civil society. Their indelible influence changed the world.
About this photo:
Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles, June 1975
This photo is published for the first time.
The two great American icons of music – through their great talent, they gave the world so much love and joy through their music - enjoying a banter at a dinner event in June, 1975.
Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin appeared many times in music studio collaborations. This particular image was taken at the Auditorium Arena in June 1975. They were preparing for a fund raiser and National Salute for Sickle Cell Anemia in which Ms. Franklin was honorary chairman. The affair was attended by Brock Peters, Lou Rawls, Jack Cassidy, Dyan Cannon, Flip Wilson, Sly Stone and Carol Burnett.
Introduction to Harry Adams:
Harry Adams (b. 1918, Arkansas – d. 1988, Los Angeles ) was one of the best-known members of the Los Angeles African American community. Adams worked as a freelancer for the California Eagle and Los Angeles Sentinel for 35 years. He trained at the California School of Photography and Graphic Design and although he took these photographs as part of his journalistic assignments, his artistic ability to capture the essence of a particular moment in time earned him the moniker “One Shot Harry”. His collection is particularly rich in its images of the prominent African Americans who defined his era, but also of ordinary life, documenting social life, schools, civil rights organizations, music, sports and cultural events.
“His work is not only a contribution to journalism, but also part of our history.” LA Times
Harry Adams' work has been licensed and / or used in documentaries, various exhibitions in America.
Available as C prints + silver gelatin prints from original negatives.
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