Today's Throwback image is a kick to share and it comes with both a story and a request for your help.
In 1990 a group of photographers presented my good buddy, Ray DeMoulin, with a very special gift, the painting below. At the time he was VP of Kodak Professional, but there's a lot more to the story.
Unlike a lot of executives today, Ray was incredibly approachable. He knew the true importance of building relationships and even though, back then, Kodak was a powerhouse, Ray was just one of the guys.
He was on a first name basis with hundreds of professional photographers and there wasn't anything you couldn't talk to him about. Kodak was on top and active in so many different programs and Ray knew that building stronger relationships was a necessity to their success. He remains one of my most favorite people in the industry.
In an earlier Throwback Thursday post I wrote about something Ray did once...
"Ray was considering Rudy Guttosch for a position at Foveon, but Rudy worked for us at Hasselblad. Ray called me to tell me he wanted to hire Rudy. I remember him saying that if I had a problem with it, he wouldn't make him an offer. As much as we hated to lose him, it was the right decision. With his incredible background he just wasn't being utilized. To this day, Ray calling me first, before making Rudy an offer, really set a standard for professionalism...and friendship."
Well, here's where you guys come in. Ray is retired today and would love to chase down the artist who did the painting, just to say thanks for one of his most favorite gifts. We all have special memorabilia and this is one of Ray's favorites. So, help me find the artist, "K. Mack" who did the painting in 1990.
And for those of you who never met Ray - if there was a Patron Saint of Film it would definitely be Ray DeMoulin!
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