The Navajo - 1938

Barry & Peggy Goldwater Foundation

Black and White Vintage Photography by Senator Barry Goldwater (The Navajo) - Art Prints and Wall Decor
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Of all the additions to Dad’s photograph collection, the present offering is perhaps the best known.  He originally titled the image “Charlie Potato,” but protests from the subject led him to drop the specific for the more general title of “The Navajo.”

 “This is one of my most successful photographs, having been shown in nearly one hundred salons around the world.  The dignity of the ancient citizens of Arizona shows clearly in the features of this man.  Charlie Potato was his name and his face reflects the pride and dignity of his people. I call the photograph, which was taken at an Indian fair near Window Rock in 1938, ‘The Navajo.’ ”