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Pictures of Willy

Joni Mitchell by Graham Nash

Proud Camden (see their website here) currently have an exhibition of photographs by Graham Nash, one of which is the portrait of Joni Mitchell shown above (£1,700, edition of 35.)
Nash has been a canny collector of photographic prints since the seventies, when a lot of classics were still available for not very much money. He is, of course better known as a musician and one of the joys of my life has been to see Nash grow from a fairly lightweight figure sharing a stage with the ebullient David Crosby to the effective and dynamic bandleader he has become with Crosby and Stephen Stills in the last few years.
Here’s Willy with Crosby, Stills and Young in 1974 bumbling through Another Sleep Song while Joni improvises invisibly, presumably to avoid having things thrown at her. I used to love this sort of thing and I guess I still do in some way, otherwise I wouldn’t be writing about Graham Nash.
It’s certainly not Mumford and Sons.
CSN&Y got paid so much money for this, in cash, which Nash apparently spent on photographs on a trip through Europe immediately after the show.
Canny.

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