Celebrating Les Paul’s Birthday – The Les Paul Foundation Announces “Les Paul through the Lens”

Article Contributed by Team Strategies | Published on Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The Les Paul Foundation, whose mission includes honoring and sharing the life, spirit and legacy of Les Paul through generations, has announced the “Les Paul through the Lens” exhibit, an exclusive traveling gallery of photographs highlighting the life and career of Les Paul, the inventor, musician and icon.

The “Les Paul through the Lens” gallery exhibit features twenty-four gallery matted and framed black and white photographs chronicling Les’ life from a small child to his later career. It includes rare personal family photos, Les behind-the-scenes, famous musicians and fun photos of the man with a larger than life sense of humor. Each large photo is accompanied by a brief storyline that explains the photo and gives guests the opportunity to share in Les Paul’s journey.

Les was an icon. His inventions paved the way for musicians all over the globe. His curiosity gave us the most important inventions in the music industry which are still used today. Since we want to celebrate him all year long we created the “Les Paul through the Lens” gallery exhibit was. Guests will have the opportunity to find out more about Les through beautifully displayed photographs depicting important people and moments in his life. We hope you love it as much as we do.” – Michael Braunstein, Executive Director of the Les Paul Foundation

The “Les Paul through the Lens” gallery exhibit will kick off online via all of the Les Paul and Les Paul Foundation social media channels which include Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Throughout today, his 106th birthday, Wednesday, June 9th, the Foundation will feature each photograph and its story. In July the exhibit will make its first stop at Summer NAMM to be held in Nashville on Thursday, July 17, 2021. The gallery exhibit will then move to various other venues to be announced throughout the year. 

The Foundation is offering the gallery exhibit to partners, venues, museums, galleries or other suitable organizations who would like to host it for a limited time. Prints of the photographs will also be offered via the Les Paul store sometime later in the year.

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The mission of the Les Paul Foundation is to honor and share the life, spirit and legacy of Les Paul by supporting music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. The Les Paul Foundation is an approved IRC 501(c)3 organization that awards grants to music, music engineering and sound programs that serve youth. The foundation also provides grants for medical research related to hearing loss. The Les Paul Foundation also supports public exhibits which display Les Paul’s life achievements, events that engage fans and students and music releases and related launches which bring about excitement for Les Paul.  For more information go to www.lespaulfoundation.org or www.les-paul.com