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Celebrating Stevie Ray Vaughan: A Special Collection of Limited Edition Prints from Rock Paper Photo

Today, on the 23rd anniversary of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s passing, our friends at Rock Paper Photo are helping us to celebrate the life of the guitar legend by inviting you to discover a collection of photographs that capture his unique talent, raw power and unmistakable style. The photographers who shot these images, which are available for sale as limited edition prints, include Robert M. Knight, Tracy Ann Hart, Chuck Pulin and Deborah Feingold. For many, Stevie Ray Vaughan was more than just another musical legend to photograph; he held a special place in their hearts too.

Robert Knight got to know SRV well after shooting many dates on the 1989 tour with Jeff Beck, which produced several magazine covers. “A lot of time, he would come into Los Angeles, give me a call and we’d just hang out and talk,” recalls the photographer who is now based in Las Vegas. Painfully, Robert snapped the last shots of SRV shortly after the band played in Alpine Valley, Wisconsin, on August 26, 1990. It took the photographer two years even to look at those shots of his close friend again. In fact, Stevie had asked Robert to return to Chicago with him to see Buddy Guy play but Robert didn’t like the idea of flying at night in helicopters. Robert’s well-known image of Stevie on stage in Minneapolis was made with a special film developing process Robert developed in the late 60's, producing the illusion of blackness around the musician. Another photograph of Stevie Ray appeared on the cover of the 2006 Sony Legacy release, The Real Deal: Greatest Hits Vol. 1.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Photo by Robert M. Knight

Houston-based photographer Tracy Anne Hart also was deeply affected by her years of shooting Stevie from 1983 until his death in 1990. Her prints of SRV have been exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and also appeared in Sony Legacy CDs, on PBS Television, and in many books, magazines and DVD’s. Tracy remembers photographing SRV at a live date outside the Houston Astrodome in 1989. She describes the sound as “sweeping through the crowd like a storm in the middle of a Texas summer.” She says, "To really understand the power of Stevie’s playing you have to look beyond the equipment and into his heart, and at his strong, beautiful hands.”

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Photo by Tracy Anne Hart

Working for Musician magazine, Deborah Feingold photographed the Texas bluesman in NYC in the summer of ’83 just after the release of Texas Flood. After initially shooting SRV in her apartment, the duo took a walk to a barren stretch of landfill by the World Trade Center. “He took his guitar out and we started shooting,” she recalled in a recent magazine interview. Rejected by the magazine in favor of a more “mainstream” shot, this beautiful image remains a personal favorite of hers.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Photo by Deborah Feingold

Another New York-based photographer, Chuck Pulin, who was on staff at Billboard magazine for many years, met Stevie in the early 80’s and forged a close friendship. Chuck became Stevie’s personal photographer. His photos of Stevie included jam sessions, recording sessions, and backstage moments with music legends including Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jeff Beck and Greg Allman. Chuck’s photos of Stevie have appeared on CD covers, DVD jackets, and in television shows, books and magazines.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Greg Allman

Photo by Chuck Pulin

Check out the great works by these and other noted photographers in the special Rock Paper Photo collection of limited edition prints celebrating Stevie’s years as one of our greatest musicians. You also can view selected images in the Stevie Ray Vaughan photo gallery.

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SRV and Double Trouble came to the Salem Armory,Oregon in late summer of 1990,I went with a friend who had backstage passes and interviewed SRV for the Cascade Blues Assocation..We sat at a table and Stevie was kind and generous even though it was after the show and he was tired, I was a nobody from Portland and he signed my CD, my ticket and let his picture be taken with me. What a gentleman!! And then six weeks later.......

Beautiful black/white photos of our beloved SRV!!! I didn't become a fan until, sadly, after Stevie's passing (and finding out exactly what happened to him in the crash made it all the more heartbreaking) and I have bought any SRV DVD or CD I can find in the time since. SRV LIVES ON!!!

SRV ! what a great musician...He came along at Absolutely the right time for me...I did not know that I needed to know the blues until he opened my ears and mind to it...I thank God for the man and all that he did in his short time here on earth

I was a senior in highschool when I won tickets to see "Men At Work". I was very excited as it was my first official concert. When I approached the arena I saw the marque read "Men At Work, with Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble". I was enthralled by the ring to his name and wondered who he was.
Festival seating was still legal then, and as a "ticket" winner from a local radio station, I simply went to the rear of the arena, told the doorman my name and was escorted from the back of the building to right in front of the stage area. SRV came on and subsequently blew my mind. I was even more taken with the fact that he was from Texas (and Oak Cliff to boot), as I also moved from the south Dallas area of Texas to Seattle a few years earlier, and still had my Texas blood running through my veins.
I saw SRV another 3 times, including a mere 3 weeks before his untimely passing. It was at that last show that I truly understood the beauty of his music, his calmness when he addressed the audience, the connection I felt not only with the audience, but with him. It was as if we were on the same wave length, a wave length he created just for us. During this epiphany, the sun struck the SRV off of his guitar and flashed into my eyes. I blinked a couple of times, and then looked at my friend next to me. He gave me a look and a nod as he saw the same thing. A simple magical moment that I will never forget.
When I heard the news of his passing it hit me like a rock to the head. I went around in a funk for weeks, not wanting to believe it. I still don't.
I have shared his music with my young nephew in the early 90's. He loved the song "Love Struck Baby (who wouldn't?). He in time shared it with his friends. He shot me a message this morning thanking me for doing that. The legend lives on!

Stevie Ray was a great musician and had such a soft heart! I met him in the 70's and ended up promoting some of his last shows in Texas. He will forever be missed!! God bless SRV!!
Clint Ray Birdwell- The Bird