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Newport Folk Fest: See ‘Ambrotype’ Photos of Kristofferson, Costello

1800s photography technique captures artists from Margo Price to Nathaniel Rateliff backstage at iconic folk festival

Kris Kristofferson Newport Folk Festival

Kris Kristofferson posed for an ambrotype photo backstage at Newport Folk Festival.

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Since its inception in 1959, the Newport Folk Festival has become that rarest of music events: an undeniable piece of American history. To capture the festival's timeless quality, Nashville photographer Giles Clement asked some of Newport's headliners, from Kris Kristofferson to Elvis Costello, to sit for clear-glass ambrotypes — a mid-19th century photography technique similar to tintypes. The results are stunning, depicting country, folk and rock artists in rich sepia tones reflective of their personalities and music. 

Larkin Poe Newport

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Larkin Poe

Atlanta sibling duo Larkin Poe is made up of sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, and have toured with Elvis Costello and Kristian Bush. 

Rayland Baxter

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Rayland Baxter

Country-Americana singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter performed songs off his latest album Imaginary Man

Joan Shelley

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Joan Shelley

Kentucky folksinger Joan Shelley often calls to mind Joan Baez in both her songs and vocal delivery. 

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