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Jack Kerouac, 1963

Jack Kerouac, 1963

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Title: Jack Kerouac, 1963

Date: 1963

Physical Details: 1 photographic print : b&w ; 25 x 20 cm.

Description: Identification on verso (handwritten): Jack Micheline introduced Mitchell to his good friend Franz Kline and when he died the N.Y. Times ran Mitchell's classic photo with the obituary.

Mitchell knew Kerouac in New York but never photographed him because Jack was always drunk, stumbling around, friends saying we have to take care of Poor Old Jack.

Jim caught him in San Francisco with poet Phillip Whalen and poet-artist Bill Morris. They started out sober, wound up drunk. Jim has 100 unprinted photos of then, one I bought from contact sheet which he has not printed. Kerouac has a 1/2 gallon jug of wine in one hand and a note pad of his writings in the other. M[ark] G[reen].

Copyright 1975 by J. Oliver Mitchell, all rights reserved.

Forms part of: Mark Green papers, 1954-1991, bulk 1954-1978

Rights Statement: Current copyright status is undetermined

Citation: Jack Kerouac, 1963 / James Oliver Mitchell, photographer. Mark Green papers, 1954-1991, bulk 1954-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Availability: This item has been digitally reformatted. It is available by requesting an appointment in the Archives of American Art's reading rooms, or in certain situations as a Reproduction Request.

Digital ID: 9878