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Patti Smith


Patti Smith: Land 250, from the 2008 exhibition at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, features 250 black-and-white photographs Smith took over the past forty years. “The experience of taking Polaroids connects me with the moment. They are souvenirs of a joyful solitude.I am not a photographer, yet taking pictures has given me a sense of unity and personal satisfaction. They are relics of my life. Souvenirs of my wandering. All that I have learned concerning light and composition is contained within them.”  More about the show here and here. The memoir of her life in New York with Robert Mapplethorpe, Just Kids, has been nominated for the National Book Award. Image © Patti Smith

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