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Cesar Chavez portrait to go on display at Smithsonian
Cesar Chavez portrait to go on display at Smithsonian

Gary Miyatake knew that getting Cesar Chavez to pose for a formal portrait would be tricky. But the photographer was sure he’d find a way, just as his grandfather, who introduced him to his craft, had found his way decades ago. Miyatake’s chance came 22 years ago, when he was hired to shoot a United Farm Workers event in downtown Los Angeles. He arrived with lights, a backdrop and a camera, and somehow managed to woo the civil rights leader into standing in front of his lens. A month later, Chavez died in his sleep and the photo Miyatake captured became one of the icon’s last official portraits. On Friday at 9 a.m., the photograph will be donated to the...

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