Archive of photographs of the New York Counterculture scene, 1967

1967. Collection of 5 vintage borderless photographs, clearly shot in Washington Square, and 3 typescript essays from photographer Jerry Bauer, from 1967.

Jerry Bauer was an American photographer best known for his portraits of writers (his portraits of Samuel Beckett are held in particular high regard.) His work is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

The photographs correspond to the topics of the essays.

The first essay, "The American Underground: Mind Expansion, A Messiah, 'Love'," is an examination of Timothy Leary and the "League for Spiritual Discovery (LSD)," a communal organization carrying out studies in the religious use of psychedelic drugs, as well as the effects of LSD. One photo (a young man seated on a bed with beads in his hand, one young lady leaning against him and another lying, head in his lap) matches the description in the text of the user focusing his attention on "a set of beads," as well as the description of the living quarters being "simple: mattresses on the floor."

The second essay, "American Underground : Mind Expansion, The Poets, 'Love' (2)," is broken into 3 sections. The first is about the musical group The Fugs who Bauer describes as "the Beatles of the American underground." Two of the photos, in and around Washington Square Park feature members of The Fugs. One features a gleaming Ed Sanders (poet and founding member) and Geoff Outlaw with two unidentified young ladies. In the next photo, the same ensemble are on the grass with Ken Weaver and a third unidentified young lady.

The second section of the essay is about "the two stars" of the underground film movement and focuses on Warhol actors Baby Jane Holzer and Edie Sedgewick. Here we have a photograph of Warhol's factory featuring Ingrid Superstar sitting on a mattress with a couple unidentified men and Baby Jane Holzer on the floor facing away from the camera. It is only evident this is Holzer from a previously published photo by Bauer, "Baby Jane Holzer" taken moments apart from the one in this collection.

The final section of the essay is a about American youth and drug culture in the Greenwich Village neighborhood and about the neighborhood itself. Here we have a photo of unidentified young people seated on the grass, one playing the guitar, in Washington Square Park.

The third essay, "Andy Warhol: Film Director of America's Underground," is a study on the experimental films of Andy Warhol. Beginning with a brief summation of Warhol's early career, Bauer goes on to postulate about Warhol's films discussing his various actors such as Elekro, Baby Jane Holzer, Sally Kirkland, Nico (incorrectly spelled "Nicot"), and others.

Photographs:
4 - 10.75 x 8.25 inches (28 x 21 cm), 1 - 10.75 x 8 (28 x 20 cm). Near Fine, light edge wear.

Essays:
8.25 x 10.75 inches. Typescript on onionskin, 6 leaves, bound with silver corner clip. Fine.


[Book #145875]

Price: $1,250.00