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Allen Ginsberg | Portraits
Photographs
April 7 - May 28, 2011

First Thursday Receptions:
April 7, 6 - 9 pm
May 5, 6 - 9 pm
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Legendary Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, best known for the poetry he wrote in the 1950s and 60s, was also an avid amateur photographer. Beginning with his days at Columbia University in the 1940s this exhibition of portraits includes intimate and candid photographs of many of Ginsberg’s friends and contemporaries, such as Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, and Gregory Corso. Much like the ephemeral photographs that are circulated between any group of friends and peers, these are casual images, depicting moments of play, rest, and self-consciousness. Many of these works are captioned by Ginsberg himself, and between these penetrating inscriptions and the familiarity of the snapshots, these literary giants are captured at their most unguarded, offering a glimpse into rarely seen aspects of their personalities and lives. Portraits is the first exhibition of Allen Ginsberg’s photographs in the Pacific Northwest.


Exhibition Images

Neal Cassady and Natalie Jackson conscious of their roles in Eternity_ Market Street_ San Francisco
Neal Cassady and Natalie Jackson conscious of their roles in Eternity, Market Street, San Francisco
gelatin silver print
11 x 14 inches

 
 
Heroic Portrait of Jack Kerouac with Railroad Brakeman_s manual in pocket_ Fire Escape_ New York
Heroic Portrait of Jack Kerouac with Railroad Brakeman's manual in pocket, Fire Escape, New York
gelatin silver print
14 x 11 inches

 
 
William S. Burroughs fixing typescript of
William S. Burroughs fixing typescript of "Yage Letters" at kitchen table
gelatin silver print
20 x 24 inches

 
 
Gregory Corso_ his attic room_ 9 Rue Git-le-Couer_ Paris
Gregory Corso, his attic room, 9 Rue Git-le-Couer, Paris
gelatin silver print
14 x 11 inches

 
 
Timothy Leary visiting Neal Cassady who drove Prankster Bus to Millbrook
Timothy Leary visiting Neal Cassady who drove Prankster Bus to Millbrook
gelatin silver print
20 x 16 inches

 
 
Portrait snapshot by W.S. Burroughs_ my apartment roof East 7th Street
Portrait snapshot by W.S. Burroughs, my apartment roof East 7th Street
gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

 
 
Louise Nevelson at Jewish Book Fair brunch gathering
Louise Nevelson at Jewish Book Fair brunch gathering
gelatin silver print
20 x 16 inches

 
 
Francesco Clemente taking a break from painting my portrait in oil at his studio.
Francesco Clemente taking a break from painting my portrait in oil at his studio.
gelatin silver print
14 x 11 inches

 
 
Sea of Japan_ traveling with Gary Snyder and wife Joanne Kyger
Sea of Japan, traveling with Gary Snyder and wife Joanne Kyger
gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

 
 
Lou Reed_ poet-musician at makeup table in green room_ Public Theater on Lafayette Street_ New York
Lou Reed, poet-musician at makeup table in green room, Public Theater on Lafayette Street, New York
gelatin silver print
11 x 14 inches

 
 
Allen Ginsberg with Monkey_ Benares_ India
Allen Ginsberg with Monkey, Benares, India
gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

 
 
Jack Kerouac_ East 7 Street
Jack Kerouac, East 7 Street
gelatin silver print
11 x 14 inches

 
 
View out my kitchen window
View out my kitchen window
gelatin silver print
14 x 11 inches

 
 
Neal Cassady with cigarette beside salesman surveying used cars_ North beach_ San Francisco
Neal Cassady with cigarette beside salesman surveying used cars, North beach, San Francisco
gelatin silver print
20 x 16 inches

 
 
Jack Kerouac_ Tangier
Jack Kerouac, Tangier
gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

 
 
Dreaming out the window eat my gruel
Dreaming out the window eat my gruel
gelatin silver print
20 x 16 inches

 
 
Peter Orlovsky age 21 with our first car
Peter Orlovsky age 21 with our first car "The Hearse", San Francisco
gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

 
 
William S. Burroughs
William S. Burroughs
gelatin silver print
14 x 11 inches

 
 
Neal Cassady and Natalie Jackson conscious of their roles in Eternity_ Market Street_ San Francisco
Neal Cassady and Natalie Jackson conscious of their roles in Eternity, Market Street, San Francisco
gelatin silver print
11 x 14 inches

 
 
Heroic Portrait of Jack Kerouac with Railroad Brakeman_s manual in pocket_ Fire Escape_ New York
Heroic Portrait of Jack Kerouac with Railroad Brakeman's manual in pocket, Fire Escape, New York
gelatin silver print
14 x 11 inches

 
 

 
 

 

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