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“We are continually exposed to the flashbulb of death”: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1996)

August 29, 2015


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Year 2015 Theme Photography

Organized and circulated by the University of Toronto Art Centre and Justina M. Barnicke Gallery with the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

The exhibition comprises over 100 photographs taken by the legendary Beat poet and activist Allen Ginsberg, capturing his life, loves, and artistic community, including Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Peter Orlovsky and others of the Beat generation of writers, poets, and activists. Diaristic captions handwritten by Ginsberg appear on the front of many of the photographs. The photographs are drawn from a collection of close to 8,000 prints recently donated by The Rossy Family Foundation to the University of Toronto Art Centre and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.