Patti Smith’s “Camera Solo”

May 31th, 2012

Multi-talent artist – musician, poet, writer, singer – Patti Smith is in Detroit this weekend celebrating her first solo show of photography at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Smith, often dubbed “the godmother of punk” for her work in New York’s CBGBs in the 1970s and her seminal albums, has a connection to Detroit. She was married to former MC5 guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith from 1979 until his death in 1994. Both lived in Metro Detroit and raised two children, musicians – Jackson and Jesse Smith.

Smith has a busy weekend in Detroit. Her photography exhibition, "Camera Solo", opens on Friday and runs through September 2nd. Smith will be performing Friday night at the Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA, will do a poetry reading on Saturday afternoon at the DIA and perform on Sunday evening again with her band at Sindbad’s in Detroit.

Smith spent Thursday morning with reporters at the DIA. She held a 30 minute question and answer session with the press before touring them through her “Camera Solo” exhibit. The audio link above is the full question and answer session with Smith. She talks about art, writing, music, photography, living in Detroit and her latest record, “Banga”, which will be release on June 5th.