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25 B&W photographs documenting the River City Reunion, a Beat Generation literary festival held in Lawrence, KS in September, 1987.

The River City Reunion, Revisited

In September of 1987 a group of Beat Generation poets, authors, and performers gathered in Lawrence, Kansas for a week-long literary festival of readings and diverse activities.  This book is a collection of 25 never before published photographs which document some of the highlights of this event. Perhaps even more significantly these photographs stand as a testament to the pre-digital, post-hippie era of the late 1980’s.  They represent a moment in time which, seen from the vantage point of 25 years down the road, poignantly evokes a sense of how things have changed. Although many of the performers at this event have died, their work remains relevant to the 21st century.  The list of participants includes:

William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Keith Haring, Marianne Faithfull, Andrei Codrescu, Michael McClure, Danny Sugerman, Ed Sanders, Jim Carroll, Ed Dorn, John Giorno, Anne Waldman, and many others.

I shot more than a dozen rolls of film during this historic event which largely passed under the radar of mainstream media.  Looking back on these images now transports me right back to that time and place, and I realize how lucky I was to have been a part of it.  

People wait in line at the Timothy Leary book signing.
People wait in line at the Timothy Leary book signing.

The Book: As a celebration of the 25th anniversary I have selected and scanned 25 negatives to produce an 8 x 10 inch hardcover book.  Kickstarter money goes toward getting this book published.  

The Website:  rivercityreunion.com is the place to go to see more images.

The Exhibition: Several galleries and institutions have shown interest in exhibiting this work.  Specific places and dates for upcoming exhibitions will be announced in the future. 

Allen Ginsberg reads from 'Howl'
Allen Ginsberg reads from 'Howl'
William S. Burroughs shoots a gun from his collection.
William S. Burroughs shoots a gun from his collection.

There are many more negatives from this event that still need to be scanned and digitally developed, and will soon be available on the website.   I am really excited about this project, and wish to thank the many people who have shown interest and supported it so far. Don't forget to share this with your friends!

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    10 postcards with different images from the reunion mailed to your home. (International backers please add $10 for shipping.) A .pdf file with the image on the cover of the book and a thank you note sent to your email.

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    Beautiful 8x10 inch hardcover book of 25 photos and accompanying text describing the River City Reunion. Your name printed in the book as an acknowledgement of my appreciation. (International backers please add $12 for shipping.) A .pdf file with the image on the cover of the book and a thank you note sent to your email.

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    New Reward! One signed 11x14 inch archival silver gelatin fiber print (printed by Digital Silver Imaging in Belmont, MA) of William Burroughs shooting a gun from his collection, shown at the bottom of this page. The image will be printed 8x12 on the 11x14 Ilford Black & White fiber paper.

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    10 postcards with different images from the reunion mailed to your home. Beautiful 8x10 inch hardcover book of 25 photos and accompanying text describing the River City Reunion. Your name printed in the book as an acknowledgement of my appreciation. (International backers please add $12 for shipping.) A .pdf file with the image on the cover of the book and a thank you note sent to your email.

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    10 postcards with different images from the reunion mailed to your home. Beautiful 8x10 inch hardcover book of 25 photos and accompanying text describing the River City Reunion. Your name printed in the book as an acknowledgement of my appreciation. Signed 8x10 inch digital print of one of the photographs from the series. (International backers please add $12 for shipping.) A .pdf file with the image on the cover of the book and a thank you note sent to your email.

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