Renowned poet and musician Patti Smith, started taking photographs as a hobby when she was a teenager. Last month, her first museum exhibit in the United States was launched. Read more after the break.
Photography was just a hobby for Patti Smith but in 1995, she started to explore the the craft deeper when her husband, brother and pianist passed away. The loss of those dear to her heart devastated her and she sought comfort by using an old camera that she had. Since then, she started taking more photographs.
The first night of Patti Smith’s photography exhibit was held last October 21. The exhibit, entitled Patti Smith: Camera Solo, consists of 70 photos. Apart from the photo exhibit, there is also a video presentation and a multi-media installation. Most of the photos consist of items that we see around us everyday. The subjects of her photos were inspired by poetry and literature. Some of the items included are also the personal belongings of some personalities she looks up to, including Sylvia Plath, Arthur Rimbaud, Robert Graves and many more.
You can view Patti Smith’s photos and other artworks at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT until February 19, 2012.
Visit the Patti Smith: Camera Solo website