In 1959, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus came to New York City. For Raymond, a professional photographer who worked and printed almost entirely black-and-white, the circus and its colorful characters provided an opportunity to try something different. Raymond built a separate darkroom for coloring printing and took lessons from a photographer who worked in a professional lab producing type C color prints.
Attending every circus showing and visiting smaller circuses in the area, Raymond put together a large series of color photos, some of which were exhibited in New York City's seminal Limelight Gallery in 1961. - Eleanor Jacobs