Beat Memories


Opening on May 2, Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg at the National Gallery of Art features some of the American poet’s best photographs. Many of Ginsberg’s photos of his fellow Beats were recently featured in Stylesight’s “The Beat Goes On” trend tracker. In the first scholarly exhibition of his photographs, all facets of Ginsberg’s work in photography will be explored. Some 70 photos on display range from the 1950s “drugstore” prints to his now celebrated portraits of Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, snapshots of Ginsberg himself taken just before he achieved literary fame, and his later portraits of the Beats and other friends made in the 1980s and 1990s. Ginsberg (1926–1997) started taking photographs in 1953 when he purchased a small, secondhand Kodak camera. For the next decade he captured numerous intimate shots of himself as well as his friends and lovers. He abandoned photography in 1963 but returned to it in the early 1980s.

Where: National Gallery of Art, 4th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

When: May 2, 2010 – September 6, 2010

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