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The United States Postal Service is honoring Ray Charles with a commemorative stamp that was released on Monday, the singer's birthday.
The artwork for the stamp is based on a photograph by Yves Carrère. Designer Neal Ashby and art director Ethel Kessler were involved in the search for just the right photo.
From the USPS publication Beyond the Perf:
“Ray Charles’s career spanned more than half a century,” Ashby says. “It made it hard to pick that one iconic image. I was looking for that smile, that slight cock of the head — that almost rapturous expression he had when he performed.”
Kessler and Ashby focused their search on full-color photographs to distinguish the stamp from the other 2013 releases in the series — stamps capturing Lydia Mendoza and Johnny Cash using black-and-white photography. After scouring thousands of images, the energy of one stood out.
“This photo did it for me instantly,” Kessler explains. “It’s Ray soaking in the applause and the pure joy of the moment. I loved the color in his shirt and the diagonal of the photo. It’s clean and graphic, which I knew would work well at stamp size.”