Beat Memories: Allen Ginsberg’s photos of the beats

Beat Memories

I became taken with the beat writers when I was 16. I decided I wanted to travel around the country after high school taking a gap year before college to have crazy experiences. My parents said I could not do it that I had to go to college! Glad I did. Still I got lost in their writing starting with Kerouac and moving on to Burroughs and Ginsberg. I loved them all. I even explored the writing of the women beat writers. They were all so intertwined. They got me into journaling and sketching my thoughts during my travels which was really wonderful to do.

Ginsberg shows the beats through his lens in this amazing exhibit at the National Gallery of Art with scribbled anecdotes that give the photos real context. I’m totally fascinated.