The Beat Scene by Burt Glinn – Magnum Photos

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This magnificent book features a remarkable collection of largely unseen photographs of the Beat Generation by photographer Burt Glinn. This amazing, untouched treasure trove of images was discovered when R|A|P was working with Burt Glinn’s widow, Elena, on a larger retrospective of Glinn’s work. The book features black and white shots, and also over 70 images in color: an extremely rare find, these photographs manage to capture the raw energy of the Beat Generation in a way that has never been seen before in print. The photographs were shot between 1957 and 1960 in New York and San Francisco and feature nearly everyone involved in the scene, including Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, poets like Gregory Corso and William Morris, and many more. Archived with the negatives was a short essay by Jack Kerouac entitled "And This Is The Beat Nightlife of New York", which is published here alongside the photographs. Glinn was celebrated for his extraordinary talent as a social documentary photographer and during his time with the Beats, his camera captured the spirit of the counterculture – writers, musicians and artists meeting in cafes, bars and parties to pursue a truth and future the mainstream would and could not acknowledge. This exquisite tome is an intimate and fresh insight into the lives of the legendary and influential Bohemians and a celebration of Glinn’s inimitable talent.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 160
  • Size: 10.75 x 9 in
  • Publisher: Reel Art Press
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • ISBN: 978-1-909526-26-6

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The Beat Scene is an extraordinary collection of unseen photographs of the Beat Generation, the first book to be published with color shots of the Beats.


This magnificent book features a remarkable collection of largely unseen photographs of the Beat Generation by photographer Burt Glinn. This amazing, untouched treasure trove of images was discovered when R|A|P was working with Burt Glinn’s widow, Elena, on a larger retrospective of Glinn’s work. The book features black and white shots, and also over 70 images in color: an extremely rare find, these photographs manage to capture the raw energy of the Beat Generation in a way that has never been seen before in print. The photographs were shot between 1957 and 1960 in New York and San Francisco and feature nearly everyone involved in the scene, including Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, poets like Gregory Corso and William Morris, and many more. Archived with the negatives was a short essay by Jack Kerouac entitled "And This Is The Beat Nightlife of New York", which is published here alongside the photographs. Glinn was celebrated for his extraordinary talent as a social documentary photographer and during his time with the Beats, his camera captured the spirit of the counterculture – writers, musicians and artists meeting in cafes, bars and parties to pursue a truth and future the mainstream would and could not acknowledge. This exquisite tome is an intimate and fresh insight into the lives of the legendary and influential Bohemians and a celebration of Glinn’s inimitable talent.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 160
  • Size: 10.75 x 9 in
  • Publisher: Reel Art Press
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • ISBN: 978-1-909526-26-6

The Magnum Shop usually ships orders at least three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To calculate shipping please go to your Cart.

International Orders:
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If you choose Priority Mail International for your order delivery usually takes between 6 to 10 days depending on your country. Tracking will always be available.

If you prefer a different shipping method or an alternative shipping company, please email shop@magnumphotos.com. All shipments are insured.