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Panel Talk: Louis Kaplan and Marcus Boon

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 7-9pm

Part of The Politics and Poetics of Visibility

A program of “We Are Continually Exposed to the Flashbulb of Death”: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1996)

Featuring Louis Kaplan (U of T Professor of History and Theory of Photography and New Media) and Marcus Boon (York University Professor of English)

A conversation about the meaning and use of photography in Beat culture with particular reference to the work of Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Robert Frank and in an exploration of the significance of a number of frames (e.g., Buddhist, queer, countercultural) that provide us with a better understanding of Beat photography. Themes to be discussed include the poetics and politics of friendship, the role of the camera in fostering Beat community, the complex relationship of the Beats to media technology, the relationship between text and image, and the Beats as progenitors of indie capitalism and the world of social media.


University of Toronto Art Centre

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