Patti Smith

Patti Smith

First Encounters with Robert Mapplethorpe

In this interview Patti Smith tells the wonderful story of her first encounters with Robert Mapplethorpe, who became her lover and friend, and who is celebrated in her memoir Just Kids.

When Patti Smith tells the story of her first encounters with Robert Mapplethorpe, who was not a famous photographer back then, her feelings are visible to the audience at the Louisiana Literature festival. She also talks about the loss of Robert and calls Just Kids a story of unconditional friendship.

Patti Smith was interviewed at the Louisiana Literature festival, at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark August 2012, by festival director Christian Lund.

Edited by Honey Biba Beckerlee

Produced by Marc-Christoph Wagner

© Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2012.

Supported by Nordea-fonden.

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