Allen Ginsberg’s photographs

Beat poets to rock stars: See the massive collection of photos by Allen Ginsberg on display at U of T – Romi Levine – University of Toronto – 1/30/18

“Ginsberg’s poem Howl, published in 1956, secured his place in the American literary canon. At the time of its publication, the poem was considered so controversial that it was the subject of an obscenity trial in the U.S. He’s also a known political and social activist who was openly gay at a time when it was not socially acceptable.

“Lesser known is Ginsberg’s affinity for photography.

“’He’s more of a documentarian rather than artist in his photographs,’ says Shoesmith. ‘He was documenting his friendships, his relationships and he was capturing these unique friendships he had with Kerouac and Burroughs.’”

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