Ed Caraeff

Ed Caraeff is a photographer, illustrator, graphic designer and art director. He has directed, photographed and designed hundreds of album covers for numerous artists including Elton John, Tom Waits and Dolly Parton. His work is included in the permanent collection of The Rock and Roll Hall of fame and has been featured on the covers of numerous magazines. His legendary photo of Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar onstage at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 is widely considered to be one of the most iconic rock and roll photographs of all time. It is the only photo to ever appear on the cover of Rolling Stone twice.

Ed worked in the art and design business for 14 years and then answered an ad in The Sunday New York Times to become a chef. He started on East 48th near 2nd Ave and began a second, 27-year career as a chef and restauranteur. In 2015 he decided to retire and release all his possessions so he could travel 24/7 in his vintage VW Wesfalia Vanagon named “Moonbeam”. He calls it his “bucket-list trip” and says it was inspired by the fact that he had started working at the age of 15. he says, “I missed out on spending time after graduating and wandering and sleeping in my vehicle. Low stress, Zen, lifestyle.”

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