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Patti Smith 1969-1976 Hardcover – March 1, 2011

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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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Judy Linn is a photographer who is represented by Feature Inc., New York. Her work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Detroit Art Institute, and the Dallas Museum of Art. She teaches photography at Vassar College and lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810998327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810998322
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judy Linn's presentation of her early photographs of Patti Smith from 1969-1976, for me, was a window back in time. A magic ride with the White Rabbit to the early raw days when Patti was a struggling, very young, artist...posing to the lens of a trusted friend and fellow artist.

Judy was honing her craft admittedly, but never-the-less, had an uncanny ability to get right to the heart & soul of the subject...a talent that you either have or you don't and Ms. Linn most definitely has it.

Beside the sweet young images of Ms. Smith, Judy has captured wonderful images of a very young Robert Mapplethorpe, Sam Shepard, Howie Michels, Gerard Melanga, among others who were close to Ms. Smith.

These incredable images put you right back into low rent New York City in the day when Patti Smith was making her bones.

Some of Judy's iconic images will be recognizeable to Patti fans, having appeared in other media, however, most of the presentation is a barrage of fresh, sensitive, sensual, provocative, in your face art.

Frank Stefanko
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Having been a fan for quite some time and having recently finished Just Kids, I bought this photo book because it had much better pictures than were included in her book. They really capture the mood and spirit of the time. If you're not interested in an art book, with little more than photos, then this book is not for you, but if you want to see Patti how she was back then, this is a great book.
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A beautiful book representing the lives of 2 young artists in the making. If you love Patti Smith, you must get this book.g.
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If you love books, love music and consider yourself a collector of fine art - this is a must have for your collection. Everyone who looks at it buys it too. It's Patti - nuff said.
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Bought this for my wife cause she is a Hugh patti smith fan. Found to end up loving these image just as much. Great buy even if it's not signed.
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There is a heck of alot of pics in the book, all of which describe Patti's unique point of view.
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