I take my camera everywhere I go, especially when Im touring with the band, said Smith on the phone from her home in Rockaway, Queens. Its hard for me to find the solitude I need for writing when Im traveling, but with my camera, Ive been able to take a little walk visit a graveyard, look at statues or architecture and if I get a picture I like, I feel like Ive accomplished something.
Now, 100 of Smiths photographs from the past 35 years are on show at Robert Miller Gallery in New York opening on Thursday. Never-seen-before photos are shown alongside those from her latest memoir M Train, named affably after the New York City subway line which leads to her home. The book is riddled with musings on her travels and lively personal details, and the exhibition, titled 18 Stations, is an extension of the book.