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Max’s Moments: Photographer Norman Seeff on Meeting Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe

Max’s Moments: Photographer Norman Seeff on Meeting Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe

“I would just go to wherever I could find interesting people, like Max’s Kansas City, a bar downtown that was a subculture hub. Andy Warhol and his mob were there and that’s where I met Robert and Patti. It was a chance meeting and I didn’t know anything about either of them. But we hit it off instantaneously and they responded positively to my request to do a session. I may have shown them the images that I was putting together in my portfolio at the time. Even after I worked with them I was still unaware of anything about them, other than we were just having a great time together.”

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Robert Mapplethorpe & Patti Smith – New York City, 1969
Photo by Norman Seeff