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Autographed statement regarding the story of John Minihan's icon phototograph of Samuel Beckett in "Le Petit Café".
0 - 8°. 18-line statement of John on the front pastedown of a paperback (John Fletcher - "About Beckett: the playwright & the work). Ink on paper - John wrote this on his trip to Vietnam in 2009. Dated "1st December 2009 - Ho Chi Minh City". / Also included: "John Minihan - Beckett fotografieren. 5 pages. Detmold, Literaturbüro, 1996. (Tells the story of how Minihan meets Beckett and how the "Le Petit Café"-picture was taken. In german language). Signed by John Minihan// John had the habit of conserving his thoughts (while travelling) immediately on every paper reachable. Often this lead to him using covers or pastedowns of books. This wonderful autograph is extraordinary because it is the only existing handwritten statement we are aware of - that deals with the development of the story around the Samuel Beckett-photograph John is reknown for. "1st December 2009 - Ho-Chi-Minh-City - Someone recently asked me what did i say to Samuel Beckett to get him to pose for what now became an Icon Picture of the writer; well i did not have to say much - for Sam was very much the Director in the picture that i took; yes i knew where i wanted him; yes i knew what Lens i would use; yes I wanted to place him in Paris - But the eyes (,) the way he (was) gazing into space; that's all him, thats how he wante to be percevered" John Minihan is an Irish photographer, born in Dublin in 1946 and raised in Athy, County Kildare. At the age of 12 he was brought to live in London, and went on to become an apprentice photographer with the Daily Mail. At the age of 15 he won the Evening Standard amateur photography competition. At 21 he became the youngest staff photographer for the Evening Standard. For thirty years he remained in London, returning every year to his hometown of Athy to record the people and their daily lives. The work of Minihan in Athy makes up a large part of his canon. Minihan began taking photos in Athy when he was 16. The photos are an attempt to document the lives of the ordinary people of the town in their day to day business and also in times of joy and sadness, notably during the wake of a woman called Katy Tyrrell. In between documenting Athy on visits home, Minihan continued his career on Fleet Street, which included the iconic snap of the 19-year-old Lady Diana Spencer in the garden of the nursery at which she worked, the morning sun to her back, her legs in silhouette through her skirt. Diana had just been announced as the Prince of Wales's love interest and photographers raced to take her photo, Minihan having the fortune to turn up first. Over the years Minihan developed a close relationship with many writers and his photographs of Samuel Beckett show a particular affinity between the two men. Minihans photos of Beckett are some of his best known, one in particular is described as one of the greatest photos of the twentieth century. William S. Burroughs once referred to Minihan as "a painless photographer". Minihan is perhaps best known for his photographs of Samuel Beckett. Minihan first expressed a desire to photograph Beckett in 1969, following Becketts winning of the Nobel Prize for literature, having noticed that all the available photos of Beckett were of a poor quality; 'We were running a story but discovered there were only two very vague images of Beckett taken many years before. It was like he didn't exist - that was the moment I decided I wanted to meet this man and take his photograph.' Minihan first encountered Beckett in London in 1980, while Beckett was working on a production of one of his own plays, Endgame. Minihan met Beckett in the Hyde Park hotel and showed him some of his photos of Athy to break the ice. The two met on a number of occasions over the next few years, but it was not until 1985 that they met in Paris. They arranged to meet in the restaurant of the Hotel PLM, a regular haunt of Beckett. At ten to five, with the light fading, Minihan took the photo that would go on to be called by some as the p
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