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Joan Baez

Artist
Yousuf Karsh, 23 Dec 1908 - 13 Jul 2002
Sitter
Joan Baez, born 9 Jan 1941
Date
1970
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 36.4 × 28.2 cm (14 5/16 × 11 1/8")
Sheet: 50.2 × 40.5 cm (19 3/4 × 15 15/16")
Mount: 55.9 × 45.8 cm (22 × 18 1/16")
Mat (Karsh exhibit): 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh
Restrictions & Rights
© Estate of Yousuf Karsh
Object number
NPG.2012.77.8
Exhibition Label
From the earliest years of her career, singer and activist Joan Baez has maintained an unwavering commitment to social, political, and humanitarian causes. A vital force in the folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, Baez was in her teens when she began singing and playing the guitar in Boston-area coffeehouses. Her performances at the 1959 and 1960 Newport Folk Festivals won her legions of fans and were followed by the release of a series of immensely popular recordings. Baez’s immersion in the civil rights movement was reflected in her growing repertoire of protest songs, and in 1963 she performed at the March on Washington. Strongly opposed to the Vietnam War, Baez participated in numerous antiwar protests. Jailed for “disturbing the peace,” she later explained that she was “trying to disturb the war.”
Baez came to this portrait session directly from Stanford University, where she had helped defuse tensions that threatened to spark an antiwar riot.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Place
United States\California\Santa Clara\Palo Alto