During the 1960s, Raeburn "Ray" Flerlage happened upon an unlikely career: Photographer of Chicago's burgeoning blues, folk and jazz scenes. As Flerlage described it in 2000, " Chicago was home base for the era's most influential songwriters and performers Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Willie Dixon. Little Brother Montgomery, Sunnyland Slim, Magic Sam and many other legendary names. The established Chicago photographers of the day were all busy with other projects, so it feel to a newcomer to capture this incredible musical epoch. As the only nominee, I was elected."
Armstrong-Johnston is thrilled to represent the Raeburn Flerlage estate in the sale of the photographer's voluminous archive. To learn more, visit: armstrongjohnston.com/flerlage