Lynn Goldsmith – Pete Townshend, The Who (1978)

Pete Townshend (1978)

Artist: © Lynn Goldsmith

Size: 16"x 20", 20" x 24", 30" x 40"

Medium: Archival Pigment Print

Edition: Limited Edition of 20

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“Pete Townshend. I’d just finished up a portrait session with fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger. He asked if I knew Pete Townshend, and I replied, ‘Not really.’ Tommy was sponsoring Pete’s solo concert at the Beacon Theater in New York that night. Afterward there would be a dinner, and he asked me to come. When I got there, Tommy grabbed my arm and took me to Pete’s table. Pete jumped up from the meal, gave me a big hug, and said, ‘Lynn, it’s great to see you.’ Tommy pulled me aside and said, ‘I thought you told me you didn’t know him.’ I was stunned. How could I forget meeting Pete Townshend? I went to my studio the next day and looked through my file cabinets. I’d been on tour with the Who for a few days in 1978. It’s bad enough that I have a difficult time remembering names, but to not remember being on tour? When I’m working in a documentary style, I put myself in a mental zone where I think no one can see me. I’m not really there, because I keep myself separate from everyone. I bet Pete can understand that.” – Lynn Goldsmith

Lynn Goldsmith’s imagery is in numerous collections: The Smithsonian, The Polaroid Collection, The Kodak Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the permanent collection of Museum Folkwang. She is a multi-awarded portrait photographer whose work has appeared on and between the covers of Life, Newsweek, Time, Rollingstone, Sports Illustrated, People, Elle, Interview, The New Yorker, etc. Her subjects have varied from entertainment personalities to sports stars, from film directors to authors, from the extra-ordinary to the ordinary man on the street.

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