01_13051415Whether he was shooting as a staff photographer for LIFE or freelancing for other major publications — SmithsonianFortuneNewsweek — Bill Ray never shied from an assignment, however large or (seemingly) small, during the course of his long career. Global events and quiet moments; armed conflicts and avant-garde artists; the grit and menace of the early Hells Angels and the bracing glamor of the Camelot years, he covered it all.

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Ray Charles  Rare and Classic Photos of an American Genius  1966   LIFE.com

In July 1966, LIFE magazine published a remarkable feature story on the man Frank Sinatra reportedly once called “the only true genius in show business” — Mr. Ray Charles.   Whether or not he was the only genius in show business is debatable; but there’s no getting around the fact that Ray Charles is one of a handful of the most influential American musicians in history. A prodigious pianist, soulful songwriter and vocalist of astonishing range and power, Charles transformed the pop-culture landscape with his melding of gospel, blues and R&B music during the 1950s.

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LIFE RIDES WITH THE HELLS ANGELS, 1965

October 28, 2013

From Jesse James and Butch Cassidy to Scarface and Tony Soprano, outlaws have always held a singularly ambiguous place in America’s popular imagination: we fear and loathe the gangster’s appetite for violence; we envy and covet his radical freedom. In early 1965, LIFE photographer Bill Ray and writer Joe Bride spent several weeks with a […]

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The Fire Last Time: LIFE in Watts, 1966

February 19, 2013

The August 1965 Watts Riots (or Watts Rebellion, depending on one’s perspective and politics), were among the bloodiest, costliest and — in the five decades since they erupted — most analyzed uprisings of the notoriously unsettled mid-1960s. Ostensibly sparked by an aggressive traffic stop of a black motorist by white cops — but, in fact, the combustive result […]

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Life with Natalie Wood

November 29, 2012

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Bill Ray Photography on Tommy Hilfiger’s Plaza Hotel Apartment Wall

September 26, 2012

Designer Tommy Hilfiger gives CNN’s Alina Cho a tour of his 6,000-square-foot apartment in The Plaza Hotel in New York.

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Elvis

November 18, 2011

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Art Goes Pop!

September 24, 2011

A glimpse of the New York art world of the ’60′s and portraits of Noguchi and Warhol.

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New Book: Jack & Jackie

August 17, 2011

Images and Memories Of Camelot Preview the book

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My Life in Photography by Bill Ray

January 18, 2011

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