Patti Smith 1969-1976

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Patti Smith 1969-1976 Photography
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Before she was a world-renowned singer-songwriter and dubbed 'The Godmother of Punk,' Patti Smith was a struggling poet posing for the lens of photographer Judy Linn. In intimate portraits of an artist as a young woman, Linn captures Smith at her most vulnerable, as a raw performer on the verge of becoming an iconic artist. Linn's photographs offer a fascinating document of Smith's maturation into one of the most influential women of her generation while also spotlighting her close relationships with other artists, including Robert Mapplethorpe and Sam Shepard. This book captures a moment lost in time, when a poet experimenting with music crossed paths with a young artist experimenting with photography. A must-have for anyone interested in the evolution of an artist, Patti Smith 1969-1976 showcases the collaboration between Smith and Linn that rewrote the definition of what it means to be a woman and an artist.

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Before Patti Smith became a rock star, she loved to pose as one for her friend, the photographer Judy Linn. These 100 grainy, gritty, black and white photographs—of Smith working, playing, primping in the clutter of her apartment; surrounded by erstwhile lovers, the artist Robert Mapplethorpe and playwright Sam Shepard—brim with bright light and the obvious affection between photographer and subject. Linn, a photography professor at Vassar College whose work is now collected in the Whitney Museum and elsewhere, recalls a summer spent poring over Alfred Stieglitz's work, including the portraits of his wife Georgia O'Keefe (";I thought I could memorize it and crack its grammar";). She describes learning from the ";visual logic"; and ";illogical brilliance"; of her own photos—and it's easy to see why. The photographs vary in quality, but at their best—take the nudes of Smith where a dark necktie and belt bisect and play against her long, pale body—capture Mapplethorpe and Smith's youth and earnestness, their wildness and vulnerability. Here is Smith's acclaimed 2010 memoir, Just Kids, come to life—the shrines to Bob Dylan, the dressup—and the photos strike the same wistful note; as Smith writes in her afterword: ";once upon a time, we were young and beautiful and anyone we imagined we could be."; (Mar.)

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