Allen Ginsberg was an American poet and one of the leading figures of the “Beat Generation” alongside Willian S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, and a few others. While he is known for his writing, he also had a knack for taking pictures, as shown by the Grey Art Gallery in New York.
From January 15 until April 6, 2013, the New York University’s Grey Art Gallery will present an exhibition called Beat Memories, featuring more than 90 candid black-and-white photographs taken by Ginsberg in the 50s with a Kodak Retina he got from a pawnshop.
While the photos lean towards the more casual side of photography, rather than the aesthetic side, the photos offer us a glimpse of the life of an “angel-headed hipster” of the 50s, with snapshots featuring Ginsberg’s good friends and fellow writers, Jack Kerouac, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, William Burroughs, and Neal Cassady to name a few.
You can view more photos here.