Ray Jeanotte was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on November 14th, 1943. At an early age, he taught himself to play the guitar and later played in various clubs around New York City. In the early 1970s, he studied photography at the prestigious School of Visual Arts. He spent twenty years in Europe working as a freelance photographer and musician. He moved back to the States with his family in 1989.
As a young photographer in the late 1960s, Ray worked with many famous photographers in the vibrant New York scene. His work has appeared in a variety of publications including Can-Am: Photo History by Pete Lyons, Time and Two Seats by János Wimpffen of Motorsport Research Group and Mark Donohue’s book The Unfair Advantage. One of his favourite commissions was providing the artwork for Ray Bradbury’s I Live by the Invisible: New & Selected Poems (Salmon Poetry, 2002). Before he retired, Ray taught portrait lighting workshops in the Washington State area. Ray died on the 7th June 2019. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Ineke, his children Tim, Justine and Jeff, and his granddaughter Eve.