Patti Smith’s Photographic “Diary”

I revere Patti Smith, and consider her Mapplethorpe memoir, “Just Kids,” an absolute must-read for anyone starting an artistic career of any kind, especially in New York City. But “Camera Solo,” Smith’s new book of Polaroids, didn’t jazz me at all. I see more exciting, more revealing, more beautiful images everyday on my friends’ iPhone cameras. Apparently, I’m not alone in my assessment of the images.

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