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'Joni Mitchell, Hand on her Chin'

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© Jack Robinson Archive
U.S.A. New York, 1968

Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

Joni Mitchell was born Roberta Joan Anderson in Alberta, Canada.  She began playing guitar and singing in clubs in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, before busking on the streets of Toronto. After a failed marriage, which gave her the name of Mitchell, she moved to New York and her songwriting abilities were recognized by other performers such as Buffy Sainte-Marie and Judy Collins. Photographed by Jack Robinson on November 20, 1968, she had just released her first album and was about to appear in a concert at Carnegie Hall. In a 'People Are Talking About …' feature of Vogue, Mitchell is described “with lake-blue eyes, hair poured like Chablis, and a voice that echoes through invisible hills.' Although she did not appear at the Woodstock festival because of a television commitment, she wrote the song 'Woodstock' after watching news coverage, and from what she heard from her then-boyfriend Graham Nash  who performed there with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.  She said: 'The deprivation of not being able to go provided me with an intense angle on Woodstock.'

Born in 1928, Jack Robinson grew up in Clarksdale, Mississippi, attended Tulane University, and pursued photography as a hobby in New Orleans. His early street portraits captured New Orleans' rich culture.

In 1955, he moved to New York, becoming a renowned freelance fashion photographer, even gracing the cover of Life Magazine within four years. In 1965, he joined Vogue Magazine and impressed Diana Vreeland with his portrait work. Jack completed numerous assignments for Vogue over seven years. In 1972, he returned to Memphis to care for his parents, ending his photography career. Later, he excelled in stained glass design.

When he passed away from cancer in 1997, his extensive photographic legacy was discovered, leading to The Jack Robinson Archive and The Robinson Gallery, fulfilling his posthumous wish to preserve his work.

The Jack Robinson Archive
The Mirror
The Telegraph

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