Rare Ray Charles Photograph Available as Limited Edition Print
The Ray Charles Marketing Group has announced a limited edition run of fifty premium photo prints by acclaimed German photographer Jürgen Lechner has been made available to the public. The print, featuring a smiling Ray Charles in motion after finishing a show-closing performance of “What’d I Say”, is beautifully made in gicléeprint-technique on canvas and has been officially licensed by The Ray Charles Marketing Group.
The photo was taken in November of 2001 at the Ingolstädter Jazztage in Germany. During the show’s closing performance, professional photographer Jürgen Lechner was fortunate enough to capture a moment that represents the spirit of Ray Charles, both as a musician and a man, remarkably. Ray’s signature grin, with his head thrown back and his arms clasped around his chest, is recognizable to music fans the world over and has served as the inspiration for countless paintings and pieces. As photographer Lechner has said, it was “a click at the right moment” that developed into a beautiful snapshot of music history.
A photographer since 1989 as well as a musician, Jürgen Lechner is a longtime fan of Ray Charles and was delighted at the chance to photograph the music icon during his time in Germany. Awards and recognition for the artist include eight medals at the International Aperture Awards in Australia, a Certificate of Excellence from the Agora Museum in New York, and the title of Honorary Spider Fellow from the Spider Awards in the USA. Lechner has had his work in exhibits around the world including museums in Germany, New York, Mali, and Uzbekistan, and is a member of the Federal Association of Fine Artist of the Fine Arts in Germany. Most widely known for pinhole photography, Ray Charles is the only personality featured in the artist’s portfolio.
To preserve the integrity of the photograph, only fifty limited edition prints will be produced and each will be numbered and signed by Lechner himself. More information on this rare piece, including instructions for placing an order, can be found on the artist’s website at http://www.juergenlechner.de/limited.htm.