A Journal Of The Dark Arts

The New-ish Photo of Robert Johnson

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Last Saturday, The Guardian posted a story about a new photograph of blues legend Robert Johnson discovered on eBay by Steven Schein eight years ago, but only recently authenticated. The now restored photograph shows Johnson holding his guitar next to Blues Hall of Fame inductee Johnny Shines, who died in 1992. This is only the third verified image of Robert Johnson ever discovered, though others have claimed to be such.

As it turns out, forensic artist Lois Gibson actually confirmed Johnson’s identity in the photo years ago, after being commissioned by the Robert Johnson Estate in 2007. You can read a little about that process by checking out this Vanity Fair article, posted in 2008. It’s a supplement to Frank DiGiacomo’s story, Searching for Robert Johnson, which is online here:

Because the image had just recently been listed, by a New York–based antiques dealer, bidding was still…

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