Portraits - Photographs
Legendary Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, best known for the poetry he wrote in the 1950s and 60s, was also an avid amateur photographer. Beginning with his days at Columbia University in the 1940s this exhibition of portraits includes intimate and candid photographs of many of Ginsberg’s friends and contemporaries, such as Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, and Gregory Corso. Much like the ephemeral photographs that are circulated between any group of friends and peers, these are casual images, depicting moments of play, rest, and self-consciousness. Many of these works are captioned by Ginsberg himself, and between these penetrating inscriptions and the familiarity of the snapshots, these literary giants are captured at their most unguarded, offering a glimpse into rarely seen aspects of their personalities and lives. Portraits is the first exhibition of Allen Ginsberg’s photographs in the Pacific Northwest.