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Robert MapplethorpePatti Smith 1975

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Artist
Robert Mapplethorpe (1946‑1989)
Title
Patti Smith
Date 1975
MediumPhotograph, gelatine silver print on paper
Dimensionssupport: 341 x 341 mm
Collection
Acquisition ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00185
Not on display

Online caption

This portrait of the American singer-songwriter, Patti Smith, was taken in the same year that her first album, ‘Horses’, appeared. Indeed, this photograph was taken during the same session in which the album’s cover image was shot. Mapplethorpe and Smith had lived together in the late 1960s and remained close friends after they parted. In this photograph Mapplethorpe captures Smith’s unconventional and androgynous side. The pose looks very informal, but Mapplethorpe has taken care to align the verticals of the tie and the side of Smith’s face and has set up a series of diagonals with her arms and the other half of the tie.

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