If you happen to find yourself in New York City in the next two days you might want to try and get to this exhibit - William S. Burroughs: Objects from the Bunker. The show exhibits photographs taken by Peter Ross of Burroughs' possessions everything from shoes worn with holes to a book titled Medical Implications of Karate Blows to a quilted and frayed bedspread to children's pinwheels. Burroughs apartment, famously known as The Bunker, has remained as he left it when he died in 1997. Peter Ross was given access to the space and all the possessions that Burroughs left behind. Ross made the decision to photograph these objects on a white backdrop isolated from their surroundings and context.
In an interview with The Morning News, Ross speaks at length about why he chose some articles over others, what Burroughs' stuff says about him, and why he chose to photograph the objects out of context.
I found myself deeply interested in his answers since I have grappled with many of the same thoughts and questions during the course of this project. Of course, the difference here is that he is an outsider being asked to compose and curate myths based on a person he never met.
It's an interesting read....a glimpse into someone's private world through their objects.