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National Gallery of Art – Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg

Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg

May 2–September 6, 2010

In the first scholarly exhibition of American poet Allen Ginsberg’s photographs, all facets of his work in photography will be explored. Some 79 works on display will range from the 1950s “drugstore” prints to his now celebrated portraits of Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, snapshots of Ginsberg himself taken just before he achieved literary fame, and his later portraits of the Beats and other friends made in the 1980s and 1990s. Ginsberg (1926–1997) started taking photographs in 1953 when he purchased a small, secondhand Kodak camera.

via National Gallery of Art – Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg.

Ginsberg Exhibition

National Gallery of Art

Beat photo from 1961 on sale for $9000Ginsberg Project Website

Strange Random Beatnik Quote:

Dylan is about the individual against creation. Beethoven is about one man’s fist in the lightning clouds, Allen Ginsburg is about a confused mind writing down newspaper headlines from Mars! – – Allen Ginsburg- “is about”

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