Huncke by Ginsberg – A Herbert Huncke Portfolio

[Herbert Huncke, photobooth, Times Square circa 1940. Ginsberg Collection]  

[ [above four photos: “Rare glimpse of storyteller Herbert E. Huncke, then strung out in his room Hotel Elite, N.E. corner of 8th Avenue & 51st Street diagonally opposite what was then Madison Square Garden. Saw him infrequently that season, Burroughs temporarily in town, found him mid-town to say goodbye on my way to Mexico, just before Christmas 1953. He fixed at that sink, Manhattan. (Ginsberg caption) Photos c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

[Herbert Huncke,  William & Joan Burroughs’ farm near New Waverly, Texas, July 1947. Photo: c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]  

[Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, and Peter Orlovsky. Cherry Valley, New York, 1968. Photo: Allen Ginsberg collection]

[Herbert E. Huncke – “New York, 1984, my kitchen, at the table, wry conversation – his new manuscript, Guilty of Everything, still to be edited” – later amended to “Herbert E Huncke – age 69 retired from the street on Methadone program, head tilted wise-eyed for wry conversation, about to say something charming, flattering or honest at the kitchen table New York March 1984. (Ginsberg caption) photo: c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

[Herbert Huncke at Christine’s Restaurant, 1st Ave & 12th St, New York City, circa 1989. Photo: c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

[Herbert Huncke, New York City, circa 1989. Photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

[Peter Orlovsky, Gregory Corso, and Herbert Huncke, during a photo shoot by Timothy Greenfield Sanders for New York Magazine, September 29, 1995 Photo: c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

One more Herbert Huncke salute. From the lens of Allen Ginsberg, a series of photographs of the Beat legend.