William S. Burroughs
Taking Shots: The Photography of William S. Burroughs
17 Jan - 30 Mar 2014
Unknown Photographer, Burroughs in the Villa Mouniria Garden, Tangier, © Estate of William S. Burroughs
William S. Burroughs, Untitled, 1975 © Estate of William S. Burroughs
Untitled, Silver gelatin print, probably London, 19.2 x 12.9cm, c 1972, © Estate of William S. Burroughs
William S. Burroughs l Midtown Manhattan, 1965 © Estate of William S. Burroughs
I drifted along taking shots when I could score.
I ended up hooked. (William S. Burroughs, Junky)
William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) was one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century. Despite his prolific achievements as a novelist, essayist, spoken word performer and painter, Burroughs’ work as a photographer is rarely acknowledged. Coinciding with the centenary of Burroughs’ birth, Taking Shots will be the first exhibition worldwide to focus on Burroughs’ vast photographic oeuvre and offers new and important insights into his artistic and creative processes. Burroughs’ photographs, striking in their self-containment, lack any reference to other practitioners or genres. While they can be gathered into categories of street scenes, still lifes, collage, radio towers, people – his dynamic approach to image making sits outside of any canonical structure.
Taking Shots is curated by Patricia Allmer, Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, and author John Sears.
A fully illustrated catalogue, Taking Shots: The Photography of William S. Burroughs, co-published by The Photographers’ Gallery and Prestel, is available from the Gallery Bookshop.
£4 (£2.50 concs)
Free admission on Monday from 10.00-18.00 and
Free Entry to under 17s
Pre-booked education groups of 10+ £1 per person