Allen Ginsberg: 'City Lights Bookshop,' 1956
Silver gelatin print
Paper size: 11 x 14 in.
Printed late 1980's
Initialed by the Ginsberg Estate executor, Bob Rosenthal, with stamp: '©Allen Ginsberg Trust/Trustee Bob Rosenthal/The photograph was printed before 4/5/97 under the supervision of Allen Ginsberg.'
Snapped by Peter Orlovsky, this iconic shot of a core group of the Beat writers not quite at the height of their powers was taken in front of one of the City Lights Books, the shop founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti in in San Francisco's North Beach in 1953. Appearing left to right are Bob Donlan (the model for Bob Donnelly in Kerouac's Desolation Angels); Neal Cassady; Ginsberg; the painter, Bob La Vigne and Ferlinghetti.
Fine condition; trace of wear at corners; no surface blemishes.