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Ginsberg exhibit opens at National Gallery

May 5, 2010 at 9:43 PM

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- An exhibition featuring 79 black-and-white portraits by the late U.S. poet Allen Ginsberg has opened at Washington's National Gallery of Art.

Set to run through Sept. 6, "Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg" features images Ginsberg took of himself and his fellow Beat generation writers, including William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Gregory Corso and Jack Kerouac.

"Allen Ginsberg's intimate, often exuberant, and always insightful photography provides a revealing look at the Beat generation," the gallery said in a news release. "The same ideas that informed Allen Ginsberg's poetry -- an intense observation of the world, a deep appreciation for the beauty of the vernacular, a faith in intuitive expression -- also permeate his photographs."

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