Artistic Collaboration: Judy Linn & Patti Smith

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EVERYONE I THINK LOVES A GOOD SNOW DAY (ASIDE FROM SHOVELING SNOW) AND I’M NO EXCEPTION. SUNDAYS AND SNOW DAYS ARE WHEN I GRAB THE ART BOOKS OFF THE SHELF AND CURL UP IN A CHAIR WITH AN AFGHAN TO SAVOR THEM. THE OTHER DAY, I WATCHED PATTI SMITH’S “DREAM OF LIFE” DOCUMENTARY AGAIN. I LOVE THE RAW FORMAT OF THE DOC AND HER SADNESS FROM THE LOSS OF HER GREAT LOVE FRED “SONIC” SMITH IS THE MELANCHOLY THRU-LINE SILENTLY SINGING IN THE BACKGROUND FROM START TO FINISH. I HAVE TO ADMIT, I DON’T LOVE ALL OF HER MUSIC BUT I DO BELIEVE PATTI SMITH IS A GREAT ARTIST, POET AND I FIND HER INFINITELY INSPIRING CREATIVELY. IN HER MEMOIR “JUST KIDS,” SHE MENTIONS THAT SHE TRIES TO DO SOMETHING CREATIVE EVERY DAY, EVEN IF IT’S JUST A PHOTOGRAPH. HER MEMOIR IS TERRIFIC IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY READ IT – IT’S DIFFERENT FROM MANY OF THE MUSICAL MEMOIRS CURRENTLY FLOODING THE MARKET – IT’S SOULFUL IN A WAY THE OTHERS ARE NOT.

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ALL OF THIS LED ME TODAY TO GRAB OFF THE SHELF JUDY LINN’S TERRIFIC BOOK OF PHOTOGRAPHS “PATTI SMITH 1969-1976”. PATTI MET JUDY THROUGH ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE AND THEY STRUCK UP AN EASY FRIENDSHIP. JUDY WAS HONING HER SKILLS, TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS WITH HER LEICA AND PATTI LOVED TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED, SO PERFECT TIMING.

Linn Smith 03THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE A HISTORICAL MEMOIR OF SORTS, MEMORIES OF PATTI FINDING HER ARTISTIC TRUE NORTH AND JUDY’S GREAT START TO HER CAREER AS A PHOTOGRAPHER WITH NEW YORK CITY AT THE END OF THE SIXTIES/EARLY SEVENTIES AS THE BACKDROP. HERE ARE THREE OF LINN’S PHOTOGRAPHS – IF YOU GET A CHANCE TO LOOK THROUGH THIS BOOK, YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED.

PHOTOGRAPHS ©1969-1976 JUDY LINN

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