np: nd. 16 x 20" vintage black and white photograph.
A remarkable, large format, high contrast photograph of William S. Burroughs, descending a narrow stairway or trapdoor into darkness, with his shadow thrown large on the wall, foregrounded by a sinister laughing silhouette of a face. Though the verso bears no attribution, stamp, or other identifying marks, the image appears to be from the same session at which the cover illustration for the US and UK first editions of The Third Mind, and thus was likely taken by the immensely talented Mayotte Magnus, in 1973.
According to the artist's website, her photographing of Burroughs was "One of my first assignments for Harpers and Queen. He received me in an empty flat in Saint James. I saw two spot lights on a bare wall and turned them to make of him what I felt was an intriguing mixture of the puritanical and the devilish, the cigarette being a visual euphemism for his famous drug addiction. I have other dramatic pictures of him."
A striking photograph, which we can find no evidence of being published.
Near fine with two faint creases, and some very faint rippling. Item #28466