Photographed for the cover of the San Francisco
Chronicle Sunday Magazine, 1988
Ms. Baez was difficult. I wanted to photograph her outdoors in her
flower garden. She wanted to stay inside her house, citing her fear that
a chill would affect her voice before an upcoming concert. But there
were very low ceilings in her house, making it hard to accommodate my
lights. And I couldn't find anything as visually interesting as the
garden for the background of a color portrait, especially since the
flowers complimented her wardrobe. I said I couldn't shoot indoors and
would leave and come back another time, after lying through my teeth
that I had just photographed Luciano Pavarotti in Italy, outside with
snow falling just one day before a recital. She said she would tie a
scarf around her neck and give me a few minutes in the garden.
Hasselblad 500 CM; Zeiss
150mm f4 Planar; Ektachrome 220; Dynalight Packs with modified Balcar
head in an umbrella with a square diffuser.