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January 13, 2021

Before Just Kids: The First Photos of Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith Taken by Lloyd Ziff in 1968

New York photographer Lloyd Ziff launches a new photography book, Desire, a photo series dedicated to the charismatic relationship between Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Capturing the striking bond between the two creatives, the new book celebrates the alluring yet intimate trance of their personalities across 65 unpublished works.

“In 1968 Robert was living with Patti in a little apartment near mine in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. They were always working, making paintings and drawings and sculptures, and the walls of their apartment were covered with their work. They were both very young and I found them very beautiful.

I asked to come over to their place one day to shoot portraits of them. They were among the first double portraits I shot. Patti published two of them in her book, Just Kids, in 2010, and credits them as the first portraits made of the two of them.” - Lloyd Ziff

Here are the first photos of Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith taken by Lloyd Ziff in their Brooklyn apartment in 1968.

(Photo © Lloyd Ziff)


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