Original promotional poster announcing Patti Smith's debut album on Arista Records (NY: November, 1975), featuring a large b/w photograph of Smith by Robert Mapplethorpe. Patti SMITH.

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Original promotional poster announcing Patti Smith's debut album on Arista Records (NY: November, 1975), featuring a large b/w photograph of Smith by Robert Mapplethorpe.

Offset litho on glossy paper stock. 87x61cm. Mapplethorpe's classic photograph perfectly captures Smith's androgynous cool and reflects the lean mix of her poetry with Lenny Kaye's guitar work.

In 'Just Kids', Patti Smith provided a detailed account of how she "promised Robert... that I would wear a clean shirt with no stains on it", and of how she bought a stack of white shirts from the Salvation Army in the Bowery and chose one with a stitched monogram that reminded her of a Brassaï shot of Jean Genet. The session took place at Sam Wagstaff's naturally well-lit penthouse apartment on 5th Avenue. Only twelve pictures were taken, and when Mapplethorpe showed Smith the contact sheet a few days later, he pointed one out and said, "This one has the magic."

His portrait of Patti Smith has since come to be regarded as an all-time classic album cover, and "the most celebrated document in the relationship between the photographer and the poet-songwriter" (Rolling Stone).

Old central and horizontal fold lines, and some light restoration. Conservation linen backed.

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