My Life in Photography

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Elvis

Bill Ray was born in a tiny Nebraska town in 1936, a few months before the great American picture magazine, Life, was launched. His interest in photography was encouraged by his mother and oldest brother, who were both artists. When it came time to choose between...
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Art Goes Pop!

A glimpse of the New York art world of the ’60’s and portraits of Noguchi and Warhol. Purchase this...
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New Book: Jack & Jackie

Images and Memories Of Camelot Preview the...
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My Life in Photography by Bill Ray

Preview the book Bill Ray was born in a tiny Nebraska town in 1936, a few months before the great American picture magazine, Life, was launched. His interest in photography was encouraged by his mother and oldest brother, who were both artists. When it came time to...
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Hells Angels of San Berdoo by Bill Ray

Preview this book Taken on assignment for Life Magazine in 1965, and never published, this is a rare look inside the Mother Charter of the Hells...
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Pasa Tiemp Review: LIFE’s Moments Exhibit at Monroe Gallery

“The scene was President Kennedy’s forty-fifth birthday bash at Madison Square Garden, and Life photographer Bill Ray wanted to find a unique angle. He surreptitiously broke away from the police-cordoned press pod and climbed up above the stage. When Marilyn...

Santa Fe Reporter Review: LIFE’s Moments at the Monroe Gallery

“Be it as a staffer for LIFE or a would-be one for National Geographic, documenting the likes of Marilyn Monroe singing “Happy Birthday” to President Kennedy or riding along with the Hells Angels, New York-based Bill Ray is part of the elite who shone during the...

PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT: BILL RAY’S CLASSIC CELEBRITY PORTRAITS

Whether he was shooting as a staff photographer for LIFE or freelancing for other major publications — Smithsonian, Fortune, Newsweek — Bill Ray never shied from an assignment, however large or (seemingly) small, during the course of his long career. Global events and...