A b/w photograph by Harold Chapman of Gregory Corso, turning away from the camera as two nuns walk by on the Boulevard St-Michel, Spring 1958. Gregory CORSO.
A b/w photograph by Harold Chapman of Gregory Corso, turning away from the camera as two nuns walk by on the Boulevard St-Michel, Spring 1958.
A b/w photograph by Harold Chapman of Gregory Corso, turning away from the camera as two nuns walk by on the Boulevard St-Michel, Spring 1958.

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A b/w photograph by Harold Chapman of Gregory Corso, turning away from the camera as two nuns walk by on the Boulevard St-Michel, Spring 1958.

23.8x30.2cm. Silver gelatin print. SIGNED in pencil by the photographer on the verso, with a brief caption by him, his stamp and the stamp of picture agency, Fotogram. Fine. The image (which also features the painter, Henri Sert) appears on page 38 in 'The Beat Hotel', in which Chapman remembers that "These two sharp-eyed nuns spotted us before we could carry out our plan. Gregory Corso turned away, embarrassed, but I still took the picture, even though it was unsuitable for his conceptual book, 'Church', for which he was collecting pictures of himself, behind nuns and monks, in the streets of Paris." The subject matter also accords with Chapman's guiding philosophy of allowing chance to determine his photography, allied with his ability to imagine and identify these chance events and capture the moment.

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