Own a Rare Photo Print from the Arhoolie Foundation Collection

For the first time, the Arhoolie Foundation is offering signed photographs from the Chris Strachwitz Archive. During the fifty-five years Chris ran his Arhoolie label, and even a few years before that, he not only documented the sounds of regional American music, but the sights as well. Wherever he went, Chris carried a camera: from the beer joints of the south to the folk clubs of Berkeley, CA. Often his purpose was to get a shot for the cover of the record he captured that day. Some of those portraits are as indelible as the music itself.

These are limited edition of ten prints each and will come with a letter of authenticity from the Arhoolie Foundation with information about the pictures and the associated releases.


Each print is handmade and printed with low or acid-free ink in two sizes: 11×14 and 16×20.  All photos are hand-signed by Chris Strachwitz. Once these signed prints are sold, there will be no more prints of this edition.

11×14 prints – $250/each

16×20 prints – $400/each

Orders in the United States purchased by December 15th will be delivered in time for Christmas. International orders may take longer.

IMPORTANT SHIPPING INFORMATION: This item will ship directly from the Arhoolie Foundation via FedEx. FedEx cannot deliver to a P.O. box address, so please provide a physical shipping address during checkout.

In time for the holidays,
the Arhoolie Foundation is offering photograph
that capture three seminal artists:

Lightnin’ Hopkins

Photographed in 1964 at the neighborhood store in Houston, TX.

Sonny Boy Williamson

In 1965 in Mississippi playing with his band to appear on the King Biscuit radio show.

Big Mama Thornton

On the 1965 American Folk & Blues tour of Europe with Buddy Guy backing her up.

Statement on the passing of Chris Strachwitz

Arhoolie Records Founder
July 1, 1931 – May 5, 2023

We celebrate the life of our founder, friend, and great record man Chris Strachwitz. He died peacefully at home in Marin County, CA, surrounded in his last days by dear friends and family. Over his 91 years, Chris captured the music that represents the best “down home music” the world has to offer.

He was at the forefront of nearly all the roots revivals over the last 60 years including blues, zydeco, Cajun, Norteño and Tejano music. His drive to document traditional music helped introduce the nation to our diverse musical heritage. He had the foresight to save music that might have otherwise been lost to obscurity and played a role in strengthening cultural traditions through his records, films, and most recently the Arhoolie Foundation. He cared for those around him, fought for royalties and recognition for Arhoolie artists, and provided counsel to countless musicians, writers, film makers, and academics.

Plans for a public celebration of his life will be announced in the coming weeks. Today we’re thinking of all that Chris brought to our lives and the lives of the musicians and fans with whom he shared his passion.