Photos: Rick Kim
Over the weekend I had the good fortune of being invited to attend the reception of, 69-76 Photographs of Patti Smith by Judy Linn. It was an iconic night as a generation of influential, music, art, and rock legends all crowded into a gallery on 131 Allen street, Feature Inc. The images from the book of stunning and gritty to say the least. The walls were lined with prints from the book of New York and a softer side of Patti that most of her fans have never seen. Playful photos of a shirtless Robert Mapplethorpe and Patty Smith filled almost every frame. They both looked stunning. They were always drenched in leather, skulls and other accouterments that seem worthy of being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Judy Linn’s style is very autobiographical, and romantic. She has a way of capturing images in Black and White that make you feel like they are a figment of your imagination, or clips of dreams you wish you had.
The editor of the book, and some of her colleagues.
My favorite part of the night was shaking Patti’s soft fragile hand. At one point we made eye contact and I said, “Good to see you,” and she responded “Good to see you too.” Magic.