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Los Angeles Hosts Allen Ginsberg’s Photographs of the Beat Generation


August 14, 2023



Los Angeles Hosts Allen Ginsberg’s Photographs of the Beat Generation

As Observer Media reports, Allen Ginsberg, the late poet who helped form the core of the Beat Generation, is best known for chronicling the world through his gritty and confessional words.

A new exhibit at the Los Angeles-based Fahey/Klein gallery showcases Ginsberg’s images, taken of the writer’s famed friends and acquaintances from the 1950s until his death in 1997.

The exhibition’s black and white images will be on view from August 10, through September 23, 2023. It will showcase and at times benign snapshots of the poet’s spirited life. Ginsberg, who wrote the acclaimed Howl, once said, “The poignancy of a photograph comes from looking back to a fleeting movement in a floating world.”

Titled Muses & Self: Photographs by Allen Ginsberg, the exhibition will, according to Fahey/Klein, cover two of Ginsberg’s photographic periods. It will include images of friends and fellow Beat Generation members like Jean Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso, and Neal Cassady.

In addition to its exhibition of Ginsberg’s photography collection, Fahey/Klein will concurrently host a preview of A Picture of My Mind: Poems Written by Allen Ginsburg’s Photographs. These are no ordinary poems — the initiative, supported by Ginsberg’s estate and the Tezos Foundation, will showcase works generated by artificial intelligence (A.I.) trained to produce poems in the vein of Ginsburg in response to specific images.