The Modern Rocks Gallery will present an exhibition and the first solo exhibition of rock ‘n’ roll photographer Ed Caraeff in October

Modern Rocks Gallery has announced a brand new exhibition and the first solo exhibition of photographer Ed Caraeff which will open Thursday, October 6, 2022 at East Austin Gallery, located at 916 Springdale Road, Canopy, Building 3 Austin, Texas 78702. As Photographer and art director, Ed Caraeff has worked with, photographed, designed or directed hundreds of album covers. His work has appeared on four Rolling Stone covers and is in the permanent collection of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His photographic archives include Jimi Hendrix (notably the famous shot of Hendrix setting fire to his Fender Stratocaster guitar during a concert at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival in 1967, for which Caraeff received the Kodak Certificate of Excellence at only 17), Jim Morrison, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Elton John, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Tom Waits, Tim Buckley, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan and Marvin Gaye. The October 6 exhibit features photographs taken by Caraeff when he was 15 in high school in Southern California and would mark the start of his fifteen-year career as a rock ‘n’ roll photographer. The opening event will feature a life-size cutout of Dolly Parton from one of Caraeff’s album covers he shot for her 1977 release “Here You Come Again,” making a stunning photo shoot for the participants. The opening reception will take place from 7-10 p.m., is open to the public, and is a great way to kick off the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, starting Friday, October 7. Refreshments will be provided by Mark Shilling, CEO of Susto, who will serve a special themed cocktail he created just for the event. Ed Caraeff will be present. For more information on Modern Rocks Gallery, please click here. For more information on Ed Caraeff, please see here and here.

“I first met Ed a few years ago after being introduced by a friend from an associated gallery in London,” said Modern Rocks gallery owner Steven Walker. “Ed came to the gallery for a chat while visiting Austin, and since then we’ve represented his fantastic archive, selling many prints to private collectors and interior designers. His superb collection really seemed to resonate with my clients, so I jumped at the chance to host Ed’s first solo gallery show.”

“I had no idea photography could be a work choice,” Ed Caraeff said. “After a meteoric 15-year career in Hollywood, all negatives, transparencies and prints have gone into storage. The unpublished archives of Rock ‘n Roll. Now is the time for their first exhibition.”

While touring as a guitarist for Modern English, Modern Rocks gallery owner Steven Walker found himself documenting life on the road and thus discovered his love of photography. After his touring days, Walker ran a highly successful gallery in London’s exclusive Chelsea area, dealing with top international interior designers and continued to pursue his love of rock photography bands around his hometown of London. . Walker quickly became a published photographer and amassed a wealth of experience in the world of rock ‘n’ roll, gallery management and rock photography. He had fallen in love with Austin while on tour, so it only made sense to combine his love for photography and Austin when moving to the live music capital of the world. Modern Rocks Gallery is the unique marriage of his loves of life.


East Austin’s Modern Rocks Gallery presents a collection of rock n roll fine art photography, featuring museum-quality, limited-edition signed prints by award-winning photographers, artists, and designers. The prints are sourced directly from the photographers themselves, with a philosophy of giving recognition to the art of rock photography and helping to uphold the rights of its practitioners. The gallery features works by legendary rock photographers such as Terry O’Neill, Lynn Goldsmith, Gered Mankowitz, Allan Tannenbaum, Norman Seeff, Masayoshi Sukita, Brian Duffy, Alec Byrne and Jill Furmanovsky to name a few. For more information on Modern Rocks Gallery, please click here.


While attending high school in Southern California, 15-year-old Ed Caraeff began a career in rock ‘n’ roll photography that saw him work steadily for fifteen years, in art direction, photographing and designing hundreds of record albums, books, tour planes. , billboards on the Sunset Strip, photographing concerts – front row and backstage – and traveling the world at other people’s expense.

He has worked with Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Frank Zappa, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Three Dog Night, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Elton John, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Tom Waits, Tim Buckley, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Neil Diamond, Cheech & Chong, The Bee Gees, Steppenwolf, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye and Steely Dan.

His work has appeared on four Rolling Stone covers and is in the permanent collection of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He received the Kodak Certificate of Excellence, celebrating his iconic photograph of Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at the Monterey International Pop Festival, calling it the most famous rock ‘n’ roll photograph ever taken. The photo originally appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine’s “Greatest Live Performances” issue in 1987, colorized by Rolling Stone. Later, Caraeff created his own colorized image, a version that did not alter the flame of the original guitar.

In 1980, after moving from California to New York, Caraeff responded to an “Executive Chef Wanted” ad in the Sunday New York Times. After two interviews and with no prior restaurant experience, he was tasked with opening a major Tex-Mex restaurant on East 48th Street in New York City, launching a nearly thirty-year career as an executive chef and restaurant co-owner. .

Meanwhile, as a single parent feeding her two sons in New York, Caraeff released The Gourmet Cabbie: New York Street Smart Eats and as Gourmet Cabbie, “Chef Eddie J.”, appeared live three times with Regis Philbin on WABC-TV, the morning show.

He has worked as an executive chef in New York, Santa Cruz, California and on two islands in Hawaii. In 1990 he returned to Southern California and opened the first of two Newsroom cafes.

Due to recent health issues, the birth of two grandchildren and the passing of many close friends, Caraeff realized a sense of urgency that motivated him to undertake a complete lifestyle change. He has decided to sell all of his possessions, including his house, and now travels 24/7 in a VW Westfalia Camper Vanagon on his trip across America, visiting old friends and loved ones. his family, stopping to bathe in natural hot springs; meet new people along the way. As of 2022, there is currently an ongoing film project about Caraeff’s life, more details to be announced. You can follow Ed on Instagram @thebucketlisttrip

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