Allen Ginsberg Photos of Bob Dylan, Kerouac, Patti Smith & More Donated to University of Toronto

Jack Kerouac by Allen Ginsberg.

Nearly all of Allen Ginsberg’s photographs have been donated to the University of Toronto by the Larry & Cookie Rossy Family Foundation, according to the Huffington Post.

The nearly 8000 photographs include images of Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac, John Cage, William de Kooning, Paul McCartney, Patti Smith, William Burroughs and Iggy Pop.

Patti Smith by Allen Ginsberg.

The Huffington Post reports:

Comprising a nearly complete archive of Ginsberg’s surviving photographs, the collection, spanning the years 1944 to 1997, includes original snapshots and prints of various sizes. The silver gelatin prints are unique in that they are hand-captioned by Ginsberg. All of these images will be available to scholars, and some will be on display.

Although known primarily as a writer, Ginsberg was an avid photographer. The collection includes images of writers Amiri Baraka (formerly known as LeRoi Jones), Paul Bowles, Doris Lessing, Josef Skvorecky (who was a professor of English at U of T) and Evgeny Yevtushenko. Other Ginsberg subjects were photographer Robert Frank, psychologist R.D. Laing, author and activist Dr. Benjamin Spock and psychologist, and drug guru, Timothy Leary. Ginsberg’s friend and, fellow writer, Burroughs appears in more than 300 photographs. Another frequent subject is Ginsberg’s lifelong partner, Peter Orlovsky.

The Ginsberg prints provide visual insight into New York urban landscape from the 1950s to the 1990s. They also document Ginsberg’s international travels to Canada, France, India, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, the USSR and many other nations.

Linda & Paul by Allen Ginsberg.

For the whole story head to the Huffington Post.

You can see many of Allen Ginsberg’s photographs here.

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2 thoughts on “Allen Ginsberg Photos of Bob Dylan, Kerouac, Patti Smith & More Donated to University of Toronto

  1. There’s a lovely little book, possibly long outta print, of photos by A. Ginsberg called, I think, Scenes Along the Road. I know little of photo technique but Ginsberg captures the moment, eternal not disposable. This may be mawkish comment, but ’tis sincere
    As ever
    Campbell

    1. There’s a cool oversize book of his photos called “Allen Ginsberg Photographs” that has a good selection of his photos. There’s a special quality to his photographs. He had the knack.

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