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Steve Jobs portrait on display at National Portrait Gallery

A 1982 portrait of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been added to the first floor display at the National Portrait Gallery. Photographed by Diana Walker, the image depicts a different Jobs than the black turtleneck-clad, bespectacled one we’ve come to know: With a suit, a tie, and a mop of windblown hair, Jobs is casual, but poised. He stands tall before a brilliant blue sky as vast as his potential.

“Steve Jobs” by Diana Walker (born 1942) / Digital inkjet print, 1982 (printed 2011) / (Diana Walker/National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Diana Walker; © Diana Walker)

Walker told Time Magazine, for which she photographed Jobs, about her experience working with him:

“I asked him to stand on top of the Apple sign and he did it. I asked him to stand in front of an Apple cutout (which ended up on the cover of Fortune magazine), and he did that too. I thought, ‘This is you. This is who you are.’ He was so much fun because he was so quick—he was such a fast study. You showed him anything and he could get it in a second. I was always fascinated by his design sense. It was wonderful because he liked my pictures.”

For an appreciation of Steve Jobs, read Hank Stuever’s “Steve Jobs and the Art of Letting Go.”

| GALLERY: Click the image to view memorable images of Steve Jobs.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.


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