Sunday, October 22, 2017

Dave Heath | Washington Square

Dave Heath
Washington Square
London, UK: Stanley / Barker, 2016.
104 pp., 21.5 x 27.5 cm., hardcover
Edition size unknown

"In the late 50s, New York’s Washington Square was a place of rebellion, nicknamed junkie row and described by Simone de Beauvoir as “A cosmopolitan chorus of tourists, ‘intellectuals’, students and a dubious collection of beatniks, hippies and bohemians who gather while in the dimly lit night clubs and coffee houses, blues and folk singers perform.”

As a young man, the American photographer Dave Heath, created deeply expressive, candid portraits of the young people who populated the square, as well as venturing into the 7 Arts Coffee Gallery, where the infamous Beat poets: Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Jack Kerouac (who appear in the book), spent their nights giving readings of their latest works such as Ginsberg’s influential poem Howl, which is included as an introduction to the book."

Available for £35.00 in the UK from Ti Pin Tin, and $50.00 CDN from Stephen Bulger Gallery at Edition Toronto Art Book Fair this week.

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