Gordon Ball: Beat Generation Photographs

Intimate portraits of Allen Ginsberg and other Beat luminaries
Allen Ginsberg autographs his Collected Poems for Daisy Ball, 31 May 1986, Jackson, Mississippi. Photograph: Gordon Ball
From Flavorwire: 'Gordon Ball spent 28 years taking candid photos of Beat legend Allen Ginsberg and his colorful circle of friends. The Howl scribe’s life is well documented in over one thousand images that Ball captured from 1969 — at Ginsberg’s Cherry Valley, New York farm that the photographer managed for a time — to the author’s funerals in New York City in 1997. Paging through Ball’s photos, you’ll find Beat fellows and other friends like Burroughs (in swimming trunks!), writer Herbert Huncke, poets Philip Whalen, Peter Orlovsky (also Ginsberg’s lifelong partner), Gregory Corso, and even Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. Shots of Ginsberg’s Lower East Side apartment, his desk, and other personal belongings have also been intimately captured.' [Read More]

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