Portraits F - I

Allen Ginsberg

John Hammond introduced me to Allen Ginsberg in 1981 and that was fortuitous because Allen and I worked on various projects until his death in 1997. The first project was a two LP recording entitled First Blues and the last was Gay Day, a book that was never released until nine years after Allen’s death. In the 1980s Allen became increasingly interested in photography and even though he used a small Olympus in those years he was fascinated with my wooden Deardorff, which I used to take this portraits of him at his East 12th Street apartment in 1986. He’s holding a portrait he took of his uncle who was dying in a New York City hospital.