Allen Ginsberg’s Photography

[Allen Ginsberg – Self Portrait, 1995]

Starting tomorrow, starting next week, here on The Allen Ginsberg Project, re-publication/serialization of an intriguing set of interviews by John Shoesmith of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University Of Toronto, that appeared in the (limited-edition) catalog to the recently-completed exhibition of Allen’s photographs, Fleeting Moments, Floating Worlds, and the Beat Generation – The Photography of Allen Ginsberg, that took place late January through April, earlier this year – interviews with five figures intimately involved with the process – Sid Kaplan, Brian Graham, Raymond Foye, Jacqueline Gens, and … Read More

Memorial Day – Harry Smith’s Birthday

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. 

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A Portfolio of Lawrence Ferlinghetti

{Lawrence Ferlinghetti, aged 22, 1941, University of North Carolina yearbook]

[Lawrence Ferlinghetti, during World War II. Normandy Invasion, 1945]

[Lawrence Ferlinghetti, on the announcement  of the Howl Trial Verdict, October 3, 1957]

[Lawrence Ferlinghetti -Photograph by Harry Redl, 1958]

[Lawrence Ferlinghetti, in City Lights Bookstore  1959, (aged 40)]

[Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 1960]

[Lawrence Ferlinghetti in London, 1965]

[Lawrence Ferlinghetti, book-jacket – An Eye on The World, 1967]

[Lawrence Ferlinghetti – Photograph by Ilka Hartman. c.1971]

[Lawrence Ferlinghetti – Photograph by Ilka Hartman. c.1971]

[Lawrence Ferlinghetti, c.1982 – Photograph by Chris Felver]

[Lawrence Ferlinghetti, c.1982 – Photograph by Chris Felver]

[Lawrence Ferlinghetti … Read More

Jack Kerouac’s Birthday


[Jack Kerouac at Horace Mann School, New York c.1940]

It’s Jack Kerouac‘s birthday today.   Happy Birthday, Jack!

[Jack Kerouac – Naval Reserve Enlistment, 1943]

[Kerouac in the Merchant Marines, 1944]

[Jack Kerouac, 1953 – Photograph by Elliott Erwitt]

[Jack Kerouac c.1956]

[Jack Kerouac – Tangier, Morocco, 1957 (photograph by Allen Ginsberg)]

[Jack Kerouac, 1959 – Photograph by John Cohn]


[Jack Kerouac, 1965 – Photograph by Jerry Bauer]

[Jack Kerouac, 1967 – Photograph by Stanley Twardowicz]

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Allen Ginsberg Birthday Celebration Continues – Ginsberg Portfolio – 2












[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

Allen Ginsberg’s 90th Birthday Celebration Continues – Ginsberg Portfolio – 1









[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] 

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May 29 – Harry Smith’s Birthday

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)

and two more recent paintings (Untitled, c.1977)

and (Enochian Tablet, circa 1979)

and here is Untitled, from the previous year… Read More

Anne Waldman – Napalm Health Spa’s Celebration

                                                                               [Anne Waldman]

Jim Cohn‘s remarkable Napalm Health Spa we’ve featured on The Allen Ginsberg Project  before (see, for example, here and here). Time to feature it once again, as the current issue has just appeared – a stunning, comprehensive (70th birthday) tribute to Anne Waldman Anne’s birthday was this past April (April 2nd) – See The Allen Ginsberg Project’s salute to her here (and a shout-out hereherehere and here for earlier birthday celebrations)   Here’s footage (also included in the Napalm Health Spa tribute) of  Alystyre Julian and “the Fast Speaking Woman Collective” saluting her … Read More