The pictures taken by Judy Linn (*1947 in Detroit) are now on display in Berlin for the first time. For a long time, the photographer was not allowed to show the intimate pictures of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe from their time together in New York, as Smith was not keen that her children see images in public of her wild days, when, without money but with lots of energy, she struggled to survive in New York.
Three of Linn’s groups of work are being presented at the Haus am Kleistpark under the multiple-meaning, associative title as if it is as it is of. In addition to people (Patti and friends, 1969–1976), the exhibition also includes place (edge of Detroit, 1972/73) and things (art and artefact, 1969–2014). In many of the pictures it is easy to recognize how Linn used the chance moment as her most important stylistic means. Today she no longer works exclusively with her analogue Leica camera, but has also taken on digital, of course. “If you think, it’s already too late. The chance moment is the best one; chance is perfection. It’s what you start out hating, but end up loving.” U.R.
The exhibition is running until March 15, 2015, at the Haus am Kleistpark, Grunewaldstr. 6–7, 10823 Berlin. Open Tues–Sun, 10am to 7pm. Free entry.