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George Strait

Image for George Strait
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition Label
Born Poteet, Texas
With thirty-eight hit albums, including fifty-seven number-one singles and twenty-two country-music awards, the title of the "King of Country" is fitting for George Strait. Known as a neo-traditional country performer, Strait harks back to the sounds of Merle Haggard and George Jones with his singing, clothes, and stage presence. Photographer Michael O'Brien captures the Strait on the family's century-old, 2,000-acre cattle ranch in Pearsall, Texas. Shown with his signature ten-gallon hat, jeans, western shirt, and oversized belt buckle, Strait stays true to his country roots.
Over his career, Michael O'Brien has photographed for Life, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and National Geographic, among other publications. This image was taken for the cover of Texas Monthly.
Artist
Michael O'Brien, born 27 Jun 1950
Sitter
George Strait, born 18 May 1952
Date
1991 (printed 2009)
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Bill and Sally Wittliff
Medium
Digital inkjet print
Dimensions
Image: 38.2 x 38.2 cm (15 1/16 x 15 1/16")
Sheet: 56 x 43.1 cm (22 1/16 x 16 15/16")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")
Type
Photograph
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Object number
NPG.2009.104
Topic
Exterior\Landscape\Western
Equipment\Rope
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Cowboy hat\Stetson
George Strait: Male
George Strait: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor
George Strait: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
Portrait
Place
United States\Texas\Frio\Pearsall
Restrictions & Rights
© 1991 Michael O'Brien