In 1976, Godis stumbled across a black-haired woman outside the CBGBs club on the Bowery. He stopped the women for a photograph. Using only natural light, David Godlis produced a grainy black and white image of a young Patti Smith, her hand on her cheek with a blank expression. She would become one of his many muses at the legendary CBGBs music club.
Godlis was born in New York in 1951. He moved to Boston to study photography at Boston University. With a passion for street photography, he returned to New York to document the street life. He found himself looking for a place to hang out. That place ended up being CBGB, a New York City music club hosting bands such as Ramones, Television, Patti Smith Group, Blondie, and Talking Heads. Godlis documented the punk rock club — from the bartenders to the bathroom, to teenage musicians hanging out along the Bowery. Godlis captured the scenes in all its darkness and natural light from 1976-1979.
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