Monroe Gallery Invitation

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“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 Monroe walked into the spotlight to sing her now-famous rendition of “Happy Birthday,” Ray had a perspective nobody else got, above and behind the sparkly dressed star. It was just one of hundreds of singular images made by the photographer, a sampling of which opens in a newly curated exhibit at Monroe Gallery of Photography on Friday, Nov. 28.”

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

January 13, 2015

“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 1960s and ’70s with their impeccable timing and groundbreaking […]

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PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT: BILL RAY’S CLASSIC CELEBRITY PORTRAITS

October 28, 2013

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 quiet moments; armed conflicts and avant-garde artists; the grit and menace of the early Hells Angels and the bracing […]

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Ray Charles: Rare and Classic Photos of an American Genius, 1966

October 28, 2013

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 […]

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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

Visit the slideshow on Life.Time.com

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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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