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Patti Smith: Camera Solo at Art Gallery of Ontario

Scripture, Glasgow Cathedral, 2007 by Patti Smith
Scripture, Glasgow Cathedral, 2007
© Patti Smith. Courtesy the artist and Robert Miller Gallery

Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto will present Camera Solo, an exhibition featuring photographs, personal objects, and a short film by legendary musician and artist Patti Smith. Patti Smith began as a visual artist and has been drawing and taking photographs since the late 1960s. At that time she was in a relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Smith began taking 35 mm photographs in 1968 as components for collages and took up the serious use of the Polaroid Land Camera in 1995.

Walt Whitman's Tomb, Camden NJ, 2007 by Patti Smith
Walt Whitman’s Tomb, Camden NJ, 2007
© Patti Smith. Courtesy the artist and Robert Miller Gallery

Curated by Susan Talbott, director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, the exhibition features approximately 70 black and white photographs taken with Smith’s vintage Polaroid camera, presented as gelatin silver prints, alongside personal objects. The exhibition also features Equation Daumal, a film directed by Patti Smith and shot by Jem Cohen on 16mm and super 8 film. The exhibition begins February 9, 2013 and continues through May 19, 2013. Visit Art Gallery of Ontario for more information.

In the video below, Patti Smith talks to BBC about the inspirations for her photographs. See the extended version of the interview at

In 2010 Patti Smith published Just Kids, a memoir of her relationship with Mapplethorpe. A catalog of Patti Smith: Camera Solo published by Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is also available at

Visit the Pop Life Art homepage for links to more musicians that are artists.