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Ginsberg, Allen (Artist/Photographer) & Corso, Gregory (Contributor). ALLEN GINSBERG PHOTOGRAPHS. Pasadena, California: Twelvetrees Press, 1990. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 56 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the most important photographic documents of the 20th century. First Limited Edition of 5000 copies. Precedes and should not be confused with the Second Edition. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Jack Woody: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Allen Ginsberg. Ginsberg's copious Captions for each photograph are integral to the latter and reproduced in full. The often missing vertical bellyband, which contains the publisher's complete blurb, is intact. Printed in gravure on thick uncoated stock paper in Tokyo, Japan to the highest standards. The often missing vertical bellyband, which contains the publisher's complete blurb, is intact. In DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Allen Ginsberg's portraits of the Beat Generation, one of the most influential American literary and artistic Movements of the 20th century. The photographs are unified by the fact that all of the subjects were attractive and talented male writers and artists constantly on the move in order to experience the breadth of America first-hand, which is why the nude portrait of the young Patrick Warner, relaxing in bed after sex with Ginsberg, is like a break from the hectic images. Largely self-taught, Ginsberg benefitted from the fact that the reclusive and impossibly difficult Robert Frank, possibly the greatest photographer of the 20th century, was his mentor and close friend (one of the most beautiful photographs is of Ginsberg posing for Robert Frank). Frank shared his visual genius, not just his knowledge, with Ginsberg, and gave him informal lessons that all other photographers would have killed for: How to frame, light, and crop his photographs, and how to ensure that they are printed well, that is to say, how to become a real photographer. Ever the voluble writer who could not let a photograph speak for itself, Ginsberg wrote paragraph-long Captions. By inscribing each one in his own hand, he made every single photograph a one-of-a-kind (and therefore more collectible and valuable). Aside from the iconic Jack Kerouac, the Beat appearances are a Who's Who: William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and of course, Peter Orlovsky, the heterosexual boy who became Ginsberg's lifelong lover, muse, care-giver, and heir (Orlovsky died in 2010). Since his death in 1997, Ginsberg's posthumous fame has grown exponentially: James Franco played him in the cult film, "Howl" (2010), and a major retrospective, "Beat Memories" (2010), was the final confirmation of his photographic work. A "must-have" title for Allen Ginsberg collectors. This First Limited Edition is now highly collectible. This is one of very few copies still available online, has the often missing publisher's original bellyband, which contains the complete publisher's blurb, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. 91 sheetfed gravure plates. Selected as one of the "Seminal Photography Books of the 20th Century". One of the greatest poet/artists of the 20th century. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALLEN GINSBERG TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0942642422. $200.00

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