Music icon and Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin died this morning at her home in Detroit after battling pancreatic cancer.
During a career that spanned over half a century, Franklin won 18 Grammy awards, including the honor for best female R&B performance eight years in a row. She recorded hits like “Respect,” “Do Right Woman—Do Right Man,” “Think,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and “Chain of Fools.” When she covered even the most well-known songs, she made them feel special and singular.
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A figure of fascination and inspiration to many, she was often a muse for some of the world’s great artists. Here, we take a look at a few of those stunning images.
A dramatic photograph of the late singer taken by the legendary fashion photographer Jerry Schatzberg in 1967. Photo: Jerry Schatzberg/ClampArt
Franklin’s s third LP of this name, and the home to her first #1 pop single since ‘Respect,’ the vinyl cover features a silkscreen designed by Andy Warhol and is said to be the pop artist’s final work before his death the following year. Photo: Andy Warhol/MoMA
An arresting photograph by the American fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon captures Franklin’s vibrant spirit. It was taken on October 14, 1968, in New York. Photo: Richard Avedon / © the Richard Avedon Foundation
A striking work from 2011 by the Brazilian graffiti artist Ananda Nahu depicts a young Franklin. Photo: Ananda Nahu
A poster of Aretha Franklin at age 26, rendered by graphic designer Milton Glaser and originally featured in Eye magazine. The artwork will be on view at the National Portrait Gallery from August 17 through 22, 2018. Photo: National Portrait Gallery, © Milton Glaser
A portrait of the singer by David Gahr, who also shot intimate images of Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, and B.B. King. Photo: David Gahr/Staley-Wise Gallery
This 1986 text-based work by Andy Warhol
comprises nine individual works on paper, each in the artist’s own hand, spelling out the name ‘Aretha’ in black marker and graphite. It’s currently available from Artifical Gallery
in Antwerp. Photo: Andy Warhol/Artificial Gallery