scoured a vast number of resources to collect nearly 150 digital
images* relating to the Beats and the Beat Generation. The pages
take a little longer to load than normal, as I created thumbnails
of each image to provide a preview of the larger image. Once
each page of the photo gallery loads, the thumbnails will be
cached in your browser and the pages will load more quickly.
Trust me, it's worth the extra seconds to see this many great
Beat-related photos in one place.
Galleries: [ 1
] [ 2 ]
[ 3 ] [ 4
If you're looking for something specific, here's what you'll
find in each gallery: Gallery
1 contains images of William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg
and Jack Kerouac. Gallery 2
contains images of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, City Lights Bookstore,
Michael McClure and Gary Snyder. Gallery
3 contains images of Neal Cassady, Gregory Corso, Bob
Creeley, Diane di Prima, LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), Peter Orlovsky
and Philip Whalen. Gallery 4
contains images of Denise Levertov, Herbert Huncke, Ken Kesey,
Philip Lamantia, Lew Welch, Charles Bukowski, Kenneth Rexroth,
William Carlos Williams and Robert Duncan - along with additional
photos of group shots, location shots and stills from Beat-related
The picture upper left is of Harry Redl, an Austrian photographer
who snapped hundreds of photos of the Beat scene. Michael
McClure wrote of Redl...
"In the mid-fifties it was
something special to have a brilliant photographer coming around
to photograph the outlaw and outcast art scene. We didn't know
yet that we were "Beats" or the "San Francisco
Renaissance" but Harry Redl's photographs helped to delineate
those movements, and helped us define ourselves. Harry came by
my apartment to photograph us -- and also to photo Surrealist
poet Philip Lamantia -- or whoever else was visiting. Harry did
studies of our maudite style of living. One time Harry had two
free air tickets to Reno and we took the flight together to look
at the desert city of black jack and chrome; other times we'd
sit up drinking coffee and smoking black Spanish cigarettes.
Harry was the image shaper of a scene that stretched from outspoken
poets to Assemblage artists. Thanks to Harry we have the black
and gray and white shapes of it in all their stark romantic clarity."
* These images were collected from a variety of resources, mainly
the web, and I cannot give proper credit to all of them as few
were in fact credited originally. I do know that a large portion
of the images "out there" were photographed by Harry Redl
and Fred McDarrah. All images within The Beat
Page are for educational use only. Enjoy.