New York

Allen Ginsberg

Tibor De Nagy Gallery

One of Allen Ginsberg’s talents was his ability to learn from his friends. He learned about music and song from Bob Dylan, prose rhythms from Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, and photography from Robert Frank. Underlying this gift was an insatiable curiosity, which he lavished on friends and acquaintances for fifty years. His camera was an instrument of this attentiveness—always there, always looking.

This little show included two images from 1953, one from 1976, and nine works from 1985 to 1996. All are black and white portraits, with Ginsberg’s straightforward commentary scrawled below them on the prints. They range from the iconic Jack Kerouac (Heroic Portrait), 1953, which captures Kerouac on the fire escape outside Ginsberg’s apartment on the Lower East Side, his railroad brakeman’s manual sticking out of his pocket, to Self-Portrait on My Seventieth Birthday, June 3, 1996, a

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