As a photojournalist and photographer living in New York, Raymond was often in the company of celebrities. While he photographed everyone from Gloria Swanson to Louis Armstrong, he was never interested in photographing fame, only fascinating subjects. His series from an event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art includes images of artist Salvador Dali and actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr., but he spent most of the time capturing the expressions of unnamed guests as they maneuvered through the spatial and social interactions of the crowded gallery.
Often, it was me who urged Raymond to snap celebrity photos. Always laboring to be unobtrusive with his camera, Raymond only sometimes complied with my request. - Eleanor Jacobs