William S. Burroughs's Stunning Photography

July 22, 2014 12:14 PM

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William S. Burroughs's Stunning Photography

William S. Burroughs was one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century. His best-known titles include Junky, The Soft Machine and his ground-breaking Naked Lunch, which was adapted into a feature film directed by David Cronenberg. A cult icon, he was also a painter and a spoken-word performer. Despite these prolific achievements, Burroughs’ work as a photographer is rarely acknowledged. This oversight may be due to his overwhelming prominence in other media as much as to the way in which his photographic material has been dispersed, often discarded, cut up and left behind as a result of Burroughs’ peripatetic lifestyle.

While Burroughs was photographing along Duke Street, St James’s,or making studies of Egyptian and Aztec artifacts in the British Museum during his time in London in the early 1970s, The Photographers’ Gallery had just opened its doors in 1971 in the same area, on Great Newport Street. This was a cre...

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