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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Literature

    Gris Banal, The Beat Hotel, 1984, various pages

  • Catalogue Essay

    The “Beat Hotel” was a place of eccentrics, prostitutes and artists. It was a dirty cheap hotel on Rue Gît-Le-coeur in the city’s Latin Quarter that has now become synonymous with creativity and a metaphor for 60s Paris. Winding up meeting the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and William Burroughs, the English photographer Harold Chapman left his job as a waiter to hitchhike to Paris and immerse himself in the heart of this new-found community successfully enough to photograph its transient inhabitants.


Selected Images from The Beat Hotel

Twelve gelatin silver prints.
Varying in size from 15.2 x 22.8 cm. (6 x 9 in) to 16.2 x 21.9 cm (6 3/8 x 8 5/8 in) or the reverse.
Each signed in ink in the margin; one signed in ink, one signed in pencil on the verso; variously stamped and annotated all on the verso. Accompanied by the book, H. chapman, The Beat Hotel, 1984, signed in ink on the title page.

£8,000 - 12,000 


15 Oct 2009