Interview by Richard Brody and Jeanne Flanagan
Photographs by Judy Linn
Recently Nippertown contributor Richard Brody and Esther Massry Gallery director Jeanne Flanagan had an opportunity to chat with photographer Judy Linn about her artwork and her current exhibit, “My Land/Patti Smith and Other Things, Photographs by Judy Linn,” which is currently on view through Friday, February 28 at the Esther Massry Gallery at the College of Saint Rose in Albany.
In conjunction with Albany’s First Friday (February 7), the gallery will host Linn for a book-signing (4:30-5pm) and art reception (5-7pm), followed by an artist lecture at 7pm across the street at the College of Saint Rose’s Saint Joseph Auditorium. These events are free and open to the public.
Q: Your exhibition presents two distinctive bodies of work: Detroit suburban life in the early 1970s and Patti Smith and friends honing their identities in New York City. Can you talk about these experiences?
A: The Detroit suite of prints comes out of a time when I was working for The Detroit Area Weekly News, a shopper. It was the summer of 1972 and the locations were the first ring of white suburbs around Detroit City including Roseville, St. Clair Shores, Grosse Point, Warren, Fraser and East Detroit. By the winter of 1973, I became bored with the job, too many handshakes and checks being passed, and returned to New York City. But I always knew I had something.