Taking Shots: The Photography of William S. Burroughs. Patricia Allmer, John Sears, William S. Burroughs.

Taking Shots: The Photography of William S. Burroughs

ISBN: 9783791348797
Munich, Germany; London, England & New York, NY: Prestel Verlag, 2014. First Edition. Hardcover. "Taking Shots, its title playing on the symbolic and overt connections between Burroughs the heroin user, Burroughs the firearms obsessive and Burroughs the photographer, is the first major exhibition and publication to explore his photography on its own terms and to examine the ways Burroughs used the camera as an aesthetic and recording device...Our intention in Taking Shots is to suggest and illustrate some of the many ways Burroughs made and used photographs...the exhibition includes images from a number of different periods, locales and genres, including portraits and self-portraits; photographs of works in progress; photographs of views, objects, museum pieces, rooms and doorways; and photographs of events, screens and actions. Burroughs used his own photographs in collages, mixing them with advertising, typescript, newspaper cuttings, painted grids and backgrounds derived from those that characterize the paintings of the artist Brion Gysin (1916-1986), a former member of the Surrealist group and, from the late 1950s, a long-term Burroughs collaborator." (from Introduction by Patricia Allmer and John Sears) A pioneering study of the lesser-known aspect of photography in the work of William S. Burroughs (1914-1997), among the foremost writers, artists & cultural influences of his twentieth century & beyond, as well as the icon of our enterprise, whose name & logo evoke him. Published concurrently with an exhibit held at The Photographers' Gallery in London during WSB's centennial year (2014), this volume also serves as the catalog to that exhibit. Writer-scholars Patricia Allmer & John Sears are presented as the authors & provide an introduction; & there are insightful essays by Allmer, Sears, critic-curator David Brittain, art-history professor Susan Laxton, & the venerable longtime WSB associate & biographer Barry Miles. With, of course, reproductions of many WSB-taken photographs, by themselves, in assemblages & collages. A beautiful "coffee table" production, hardcover in pictorial boards without dust jacket as issued, first edition. An essential acquisition for the WSB collector-devotee which sheds much light on a heretofore little-considered aspect of WSB's legacy. As new, still sealed in publisher's shrinkwrap. As new. [Item #3204]

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