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William S. Burroughs

Exhibition

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. Burro

Unknown Photographer, Burroughs in the Villa Mouniria Garden, Tangier, © Estate of William S. Burro

Unknown Photographer, Burroughs in the Villa Mouniria Garden, Tangier, © Estate of William S. Burroughs

 William S. Burroughs, Untitled, 1975 © Estate of William S. Burroughs

William S. Burroughs, Untitled, 1975 © 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. Burr

Untitled, Silver gelatin print, probably London, 19.2 x 12.9cm, c 1972, © Estate of William S. Burr

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

William S. Burroughs l Midtown Manhattan, 1965 © Estate of William S. Burroughs

William S. Burroughs l Midtown Manhattan, 1965 © Estate of William S. Burroughs

INFO

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.

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Admission to Burroughs, Lynch and Warhol
£4 (£2.50 concs)
Free admission on Monday from 10.00-18.00 and
Thursday from 18.00-20.00

Free Entry to under 17s
Pre-booked education groups of 10+ £1 per person

 

William S. Burroughs

Edinburgh University

Edinburgh University

Association of Art Historians

Association of Art Historians

The Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust


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