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Allen Ginsberg como Fotógrafo

Actualmente la National Gallery of Art de Washington, EE.UU. ha puesto en exhibición una serie de fotografías del poeta Allen Gingsberg.

Ginsberg (1926–1997) started taking photographs in 1953 when he purchased a small, secondhand Kodak camera. For the next decade he captured numerous intimate shots of himself as well as his friends and lovers. He abandoned photography in 1963 but returned to it in the early 1980s. Encouraged by photographers Berenice Abbott and Robert Frank, he reprinted much of his early work and began making new portraits, adding sometimes extensive inscriptions.

Although Ginsberg's photographs form a compelling portrait of the Beat and counterculture generation from the 1950s to the 1990s, his pictures are far more than mere historical documents. The same ideas that inform his poetry—an intense observation of the world, a deep appreciation of the beauty of the vernacular, a celebration of the sacredness of the present, and a faith in intuitive expression—also permeate his photography.

En el siguiente video el actor Johnny Depp recuerda la conversación que sostuvo con Ginsberg y de la cual surgió una fotografía que tomó éste.

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Como no todos tendremos la oportunidad de ir a Washington a ver la exposición fotográfica de Ginsberg, los dejo con un enlace del Allen Ginsberg Project donde se localizan varias de sus imágenes.

Enlace: Allen Ginsberg Project - Photography