New York

Allen Ginsberg

Tibor De Nagy Gallery

Like the other Beats, Allen Ginsberg upheld an esthetic that emphasized directness, immediacy, and lived experienced-a kind of aformalism that enabled its practitioners to sow their creative seeds in a variety of fields. William Burroughs added collage and painting to his writing; Paul Bowles added writing to his music; and Ginsberg took up photography alongside his poetry. Given the pictures exhibited in Ginsberg’s show—some from the halcyon ’50s and ’60s, others more recent, in either case mostly portraits, unpretentious in form, personal in content, all in black and white—he appears to treat photography much in the documentary manner of his contemporary Robert Frank. The handwritten captions for each photograph reinforce this quality: “William Burroughs sitting up in back bedroom waiting for my company, we slept together and worked on Yage Letters and Queer manuscripts,” writes Ginsberg,

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