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Joan Baez

Image for Joan Baez
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition Label
The appearance of folk singer Joan Baez at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival spawned offers of lucrative recording and tour contracts, all of which she turned down. After performing at the festival in 1960, she finally consented to make her first album, which was an instant success. A woman of passionate convictions, Baez became increasingly identified with the civil rights movement and opposition to the Vietnam War, and the proceeds from many of her concerts went to financing those causes.
This photograph was taken during the March on Washington to demand federal guarantees of full equality for African Americans. At the march's climactic gathering at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, Baez led the crowd in singing the civil rights movement's anthem, "We Shall Overcome." It was a moment that she came to count as one of the greatest honors of her life.
Artist
Ivan Massar, born 1924
Sitter
Joan Baez, born 9 Jan 1941
Date
1963
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 24.2 x 16.5cm (9 1/2 x 6 1/2")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6cm (22 x 16")
Type
Photograph
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Object number
NPG.94.245
Culture
Joan Baez: Latina
Joan Baez: American\Hispanic American
Topic
Music\Musical instrument\Guitar
Costume\Jewelry\Pendant
Joan Baez: Female
Joan Baez: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Joan Baez: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Guitarist
Joan Baez: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Folk
Portrait
Place
United States\District of Columbia\Washington