Jack Kerouac ('Railroad Brakeman's Manual'), 1953
Silver gelatin print
Image size: 15/8 10 5/8 in.
Paper size: 16 x 20 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.'
Unquestionably, one of Ginsberg's most iconic pictures of Beat writer Jack Kerouac, taken on the fire escape of Ginsberg's apartment at 206 East 7th St., in New York's East Village. Kerouac had yet to publish the work that would make him famous. One of the signal events in the evolution of Ginsberg's poetry had just occurred on this particular visit of Kerouac's visit to NY: he had just shared his novel The Subterraneans with William Burroughs and Ginsberg. Their conversations with Kerouac about his compositional methods in the book, which he wrote over just three drug-fueled days, resulted in Kerouac's most influential pieces of writing, "Essentials of Spontaneous Prose." (see, Sarah Greenough, Beat Memories. The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg., p. 9.
Unmatted print; some rippling to edges; tiny (1 mm) fleck upper center of image.