Throughout the 1950s, Charles Brittin was the unofficial house photographer for the Beat community that coalesced around the artist Wallace Berman. A self-taught photographer, Brittin was working as a mailman at the time, and spent much of his free time wandering the streets with a camera; he came to know Venice Beach intimately, and his pictures of the town are freighted with a hushed beauty and forlorn sweetness. With 150 images—138 of them previously unpublished—this monograph is published on the occasion of a 2011 retrospective at Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles.
Edited by Kristine McKenna, Lorraine Wild, Roman Alonso, and Lisa Eisner. Hardback. 216 pages.