Brion Gysin and the Dream Machine


Artwork Details:

  • Original Silver Gelatine print, developed and printed by Harold Chapman 
  • 1/1
  • 38 x 31 cm 
  • Mounted
  • Signed

‘It was a very small gallery in a tiny street not far from the Beat Hotel.  I was just wandering around the streets and came across the open door where I could see Brion Gysin and the Dream Machine so I went in and he asked me to take some pictures which I did and they are the only pictures of Brion with his machine that I ever took.  Later on, when putting the book together with Lagarde who was publishing it, we had a long argument… Brion insisted that it should be in the book that it was taken in the hotel, not in the Galerie Valerie Schmidt, or he wouldn’t contribute to the preface.  Any time the picture of Brion sitting on the floor or also the ones taken close up were published, they were always written up as being in the Beat Hotel. ‘

Harold Chapman 

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Harold Chapman was born in Deal in 1927.  As a child, his father introduced him to the magic of photography. Harold was self-taught.  He started his career as a jazz photographer in Soho. Meeting Vogue photographer, John Deakin, changed his life. He went to Paris and became a street photographer and was soon working for The New York Times.  In 1957 he moved into the Beat Hotel – then a hotel with no name – on the Left Bank and lived there untill it closed in 1963. Visit Artist page

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