pour l'art conemporain
'I first took polaroids in the early 1970s as components for collages. Most of them are lost. In the 1980s I took photographs with a German Minox 35EL. In 1995, after the death of my husband, I was unable to center on the complex processs of drawing, recording or writing a poem. The need for immediacy drew me again to the polaroid. I chose a vintage Land 100. The instantaneuos method gave me a sense of release and served my creative needs.
In 2002 I switched to a vintage Land 250. It is a folding pack film camera with a single-window rangefinder made by Zeiss Ikon. Though it can be slightly idiosyncratic, I like the technical simplicity. Near / far. Dark / light.
For a time, i had a room of my own on Macdougal Street in New York. It had been a butcher shop for decades and then a laundromat. It was a great pleasure to have a space to do my work uninterrupted. I focused on objects, seemingly humble, precious to me.
When i lost my little studio I ventured out into the world, the Land 250 always close at hand. I am not a photographer, yet taking pictures has given me a sense of unity and personal satisfaction. They are relics of my life. Souvenirs of my wandering. All that i have learned concerning light and composition is within them.'
- Patti Smith (1946-)