The Allen Ginsberg Photo Outing

On Sunday, August 4, about 50-60 people gathered at the Jack Kerouac Alley in San Francisco’s North Beach for a Instagram photo walk to retrace where the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti hung out. 

CJM Staff member distributing material to the participants

The event was sponsored by the Contemporary Jewish Museum and The Beat Museum, in celebration of the current exhibit ‘“Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg” held at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Contemporary Jewish Museum package 

Beatnik Photo Walk Participants

We all met at the Jack Kerouac Alley and were greeted by several of the CJM staff, including Jerry Cimino, Director of The Beat Museum who curated the tour.


Petyr Campos and I first visited City Lights Book Store 
before resuming the tour

The groups first stop was for visiting St. Francis Church, then Caffe Trieste, which was founded in 1956 and was the Beats’ home away from home. Next on the list was the Beat Museum and Saroyan Place, where it is said that San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Cain coined the term “Beatnik.” 

Jerry Cimino, Director of The Beat Museum who curating the tour

Afterwards we all headed down further Columbus Street towards the Pretty Building and afterwards the run-down alley Gibb Street, where Jack Kerouac would stay at the Bell Hotel whenever he visited San Francisco.

Barbary Coast Sidewalk Marker, Columbus and Broadway

Some are photograph the Pyramid Building, others the Pretty Building

With cameras of all kind


Gibb Street, a run down alley where rooms were once the Bell Hotel

Nest stop: Chinatown and a walk down Grant Street towards Market Street and the Contemporary Jewish Museum and the “Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg.”


Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg exhibit notes
Contemporary Jewish Museum website 
The Beat Museum website
The Beat Museum blog with pictures of the event
Instagram hashtag #beatnikphotowalk

All photographs taken with an iPhone 4S by
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