Harry Smith‘s birthday today, born in Portland, Oregon, May 29, 1923.
Allen certainly admired, and took a great many pictures of Harry (more indeed than almost any other subject). Here is just a sampling of a few of them, various locations, but mostly in Allen’s kitchen, East 12th Street NYC, 1984-1989.
See also other Harry Smith Birthday postings on the Allen Ginsberg Project – here, here, here, and here. Also, for example, here and here.
[Top to bottom: Stephen Miles 1994; Photographer / Date unknown; Photographer / Date unknown; Photographer / Date unknown; Photographer / Date unknown; Photographer / Date unknown; Gordon Ball 1971; William S Burroughs 1953, NYC; Photobooth 1946, Sheepshead Bay; Photobooth, Mexico 1954; Chester Kessler 1959, San Francisco; UPI June 1966, New York City. ]… Read More
HAPPY 90th BIRTHDAY, ALLEN! – A 90th BIRTHDAY PHOTO PORTFOLIO
[top to bottom. Unknown, ca 1995; Photobooth 1989; Elsa Dorfman 1996; Maine news media services 1969; Wayne Slater, Denver 1982; Gordon Ball 1971; Jon Gilbert Fox 1965; Lisa Law 1967; Photobooth ca 1963; Harold Chapman, Paris 1957; Photobooth 1951; Photobooth Merchant Marine Training, Sheepshead Bay, 1946]
Harry Smith‘s birthday today. Learn more about the unclassifiable maestro and treat yourself to a viewing of his remarkable Early Abstractions – here
(and/or Heaven and Earth Magic – here)
“You shouldn’t be looking at this as a continuity. Film frames are hieroglyphs, even when they look like actuality. You should think of the individual frame, always, as a glyph, and then you’ll understand what cinema’s about”
An example of an early Harry Smith painting (Algo Bueno, c.1951)
[Peter Orlovsky, Allen Ginsberg, Steven Taylor, March 1983. Photo c. Elsa Dorfman]
Elsa Dorfman, doyenne of the over-sized Polaroid, one of the most familiar, and most sensitive, photographers of Allen, turns 75 today. Happy Birthday “Ellie”!
We draw your attention to her web-site here (as she explains, “My web site is my obsession”) – it’s based loosely on the Boston/Massachusetts (MBTA) subway map, with different subway lines and stations representing different areas of interest (Allen has, pretty much, a whole line – the orange line, starting at Housebook (“Elsa’s … Read More