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Basil Bunting large silver gelatin black and white portrait photograph taken by Jonathan Williams. The photograph, shows Bunting top half profile and turned to the right, holding a cigarette in the foreground in his right hand, Signed by both Basil Bunting and Jonathan Williams below the image in the white border.
Size of image 8-1/4 x 7-1/2 inches, overall size 10 x 7-3/4 inches inches, not dated [but circa 1980's]. Reverse side of photo blank with no photographer's stamp.
Provenance: Basil Bunting. The Roy Davids Collection (Bonhams).
Basil Bunting, poet, journalist, is best known for his long poem 'Briggflatts' (1966) which has come to be recognised as one of the key texts of British modernism. As a young man Bunting led an itinerant lifestyle and met many of the great modernist writers. In 1968 Bunting was appointed to the Northern Arts Literary Fellowship at Durham and Newcastle Universities.
Jonathan Williams, a good friend of Bunting, was the founder of The Jargon Society and editor of the photographic journal Aperture. Known as the 'truffle-hound of American poetry', Williams was also an essayist and publisher as well as a poet with fifty books to his name, and a photographer. He was author of an interview with and a tribute to Bunting published in Conjunctions and a conversation with him in Poetry Information.
Fine condition. Item #7545