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    Sale 2106

    Photographs

    14 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 330

    ALLEN GINSBERG

    Selected images of Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Neal Cassady and Peter Orlovsky, 1953-1957

    Price Realised  

    ALLEN GINSBERG
    Selected images of Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Neal Cassady and Peter Orlovsky, 1953-1957
    9 gelatin silver prints, printed later
    each signed, dated, annotated extensively and four inscribed in ink (in the margin); accompanied by Ginsberg Photographs, Twelvetrees Press, 1990, signed, inscribed, dated '7/23/92' and sketched in ink (on the title pages)
    varying sizes from 8 7/8 x 13¼in. (22.5 x 33.5cm.) to 4½ x 7in. (11.5 x 17.6cm.) (9)


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    The lot is accompanied by a signed dvd of Mr. Aronson's acclaimed film, The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg.

    Provenance

    From the artist;
    to Jerry Aronson


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE COLLECTION OF JERRY ARONSON


    Before I ever met Allen Ginsberg in the flesh, he actually saved my life. As a student photographing the 1968 riots at the Chicago Democratic Convention, I was only moments from the wrong end of a policeman's club when Allen's gentle "Ohm" helped calm the rebellious and angry crowd.
    I spent 25 years with Allen and his Beat contemporaries and with the countless artists he inspired, creating a gift of gratitude for his humanity and generosity, my film The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg.
    Allen was not only a poet but a compulsive shutterbug as well. The band of free spirits that surrounded him are brought to life in these fresh, spontaneous photographs.
    Allen Ginsberg changed the course of my life and the course of my generation, and he did it with an irreverent, joyful eye that lit up the world around him; you can feel that spirit bursting through his images like sparks from the great Beat bonfire that lit up our lives.
    (Jerry Aronson)