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[BURROUGHS, William S.]. TIKHOMIROFF, Nicolas (Photographer)
[Original Black-And-White Photograph of William S. Burroughs and Antony Balch in the Beat Hotel, Paris]
[ca. 1962]. Near fine. Original vintage oversize double-weight silver gelatin photograph. 9 1/8" x 13 1/2". Near fine. Tikhomiroff's studio stamp to verso. Unpublished outtake from the photo session that would eventually be utilized for the Burroughs profile/NAKED LUNCH review that would appear in the Nov. 30th 1962 issue of Time magazine (here provided). This negative and unflattering piece ("King of the YADS"), eventually inspired Burroughs to utilize this issue in his early and important "cut-up," TIME (1965) for Ted Berrigan's "C" Press [Maynard and Mile A11]. Burroughs met Balch at the Beat Hotel in 1960 and thus began a decades-long collaboration. Balch frequently filmed Burroughs, from mundane activities (like buying a parrot in Morocco) to more theatrical (Burroughs in character as Dr. Benway). The two worked on several short films together, including TOWERS OPEN FIRE (1963), THE CUT UPS (1967), and BILL AND TONY (1972). Balch's experimental style heavily influenced Burroughs' own ideas about cut-ups and Balch is given special thanks by Burroughs in THE TICKET THAT EXPLODED. Balch followed Burroughs throughout the 60's, moving with him from Paris to New York and then to London, often even living in the same building. The two remained close throughout the 70's until Balch's premature death from stomach cancer in 1972. One of the earliest images, if not the earliest, of Burroughs with Balch, and one of only a small handful of photos we've seen of the Beat giant with one of his most important collaborators.
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