Burt Glinn was an American photographer and member of the iconic photography agency MAGNUM Photos. He also served as MAGNUM president between 1972 and 1975, and was re-elected again in 1987. Apart from being a US Army Veteran, Glinn also saw action abroad as a photographer. Glinn covered different conflicts throughout his lifetime including the Sinai War, the US Marine invasion of Lebanon and Fidel Castro’s take over of Cuba.
While he had been a witness to some tremendous events, Glinn also saw first hand the flowering of a new literature movement in New York. The new book title “The Beat Scene” contains both black and white and color photographs that capture the life, rhythm, and poetry of the Beat Generation. It will be the first book ever published that features color shots of the Beat poets and artists.
Glinn was right in the middle of the Beat revolution — taking photos of well-known Beat poets like Jack Kerouac, Alain Ginsberg, LeRoi Jones, and Lawrence Feringhetti to name a few. The book displays Glinn’s knack for social documentary and skill with the camera.
The Beat Scene, Photographs by Burt Glinn comes with a short essay written by Kerouac titled “And This Is The Beat Nightlife of New York.” The essay was found along with the archived photos of Glinn. The book was edited by Tony Nourmand and Michael Shulman.