ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI IN THE BASEMENT OF CITY LIGHTS BOOKSTORE. William J. Eisenlord.
ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI IN THE BASEMENT OF CITY LIGHTS BOOKSTORE
ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI IN THE BASEMENT OF CITY LIGHTS BOOKSTORE

ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI IN THE BASEMENT OF CITY LIGHTS BOOKSTORE

[San Francisco: S.i., ca.1959]. Large, early photographic portrait of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, taken in the basement of his City Lights Bookstore a few years after it opened. Ferlinghetti is seated on a stool, a shelf of books in the background (including Kerouac's Mexico City Blues), pointing at a door painted with the words "I Am The Door." William J. Eisenlord (1926-1997) was a San Francisco photographer and owner of the Omnibus Gallery in Sacramento, best-known for his photographs of City Lights Bookstore, and the San Francisco jazz and beat poetry scene. His photographic archive is held by the Archives of American Art. Item #4215

Original black & white photograph, measuring ca.11" x 13.75" (27.5cm x 35cm), mounted to mat-board. With holograph note in graphite and ink on verso: "Photo by Bill Eisenlord / L. Ferlinghetti / in basement City Lights - 1954(?) / No Block. San Francisco." Light wear to extremities, small pencil notation and signature of R.E. Johnson along lower margin on verso; Near Fine.

Price: $1,500.00

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