Capturing A Generation
Eddie Kramer is mostly known as a producer/engineer working closely with the biggest names of an era he likes to call 'The Golden Age of Rock & Roll' ('67-'72). During that period the whole recording industry was a much better place in terms of the amount of freedom the bands were given in order for them to create their albums. Eddie was afforded the opportunity to take intimate pictures of Hendrix, The Stones and Zeppelin, by virtue of his close working relationship with them.
But it was with the camera that he was able to satisfy the other side of his creative brain. As a child Eddie was exposed to a wide range of art from his mothers sculptures and paintings to the prints that his father got for him to hang on the walls of his bedroom including Miro, Kandinsky, Klee, Hieronymous Bosch, Pieter Breugle, Dufy and many others. Because of Eddie's curiosity/interest in photography that was sparked by one of the tech staff at Olympic offering his Pentax for sale, he started to experiment with the camera as a means of expression and an outlet for his artistic temperament.
"I remember my father's friends having Leica's and was always fascinated at the way pictures were taken. I remember looking through the lens of my first Pentax and focusing on a face and seeing how the back ground would fade into soft focus and the sharpness of the the persons face would leap through the lens into my minds eye. I just loved taking pictures of people..
My hobby of photography has turned into much more of a business with my partner AJ Newton. She has been my muse and inspiration with her understanding of the visual arts, her painterly interpretation of many of my B/W images into amazingly vibrant color masterpieces. In addition to the existing 50 amazing images that is currently on the site, we are in the process of creating some new and exciting visual treats with the help of A& I Photo Labs and master printer Baret Lapejian, printing on new substrates as varied as Glass, Aluminum, Copper, Steel, Wood, etc."
~ Eddie Kramer
Richard Photo Lab Los Angeles
Eddie Kramer Archives uses Richard Photo Lab exclusively for all our prints and reproductions. In addition to extraordinary attention to detail and an uncanny skill for the 35mm film medium, Richard is an artist in his own right creating true one-of-a-kind masterpieces. From his website:
Richard grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. His dad built race cars. His mom was a test pilot. From these humble beginnings, Richard learned the value of making things awesome. Richard fell in love with a girl and followed her to Hollywood. She introduced him to photography. Richard loved to develop her pictures. His love was infectious - and people came from all over to work with Richard. Once, the King of Astoria came to have Richard develop pictures of his pet cockatoo Edward. Upon receiving the developed pictures, the King dubbed Richard - Sir Richard. And so it stands today. Richard is the first man here. He's the last one to leave.