Will the real William S. Burroughs please stand up?

“When William S. Burroughs and I were introduced, we were in a completely different apartment, and I felt something wasn’t right. I said, ‘This isn’t your place, is it?’ He looked closely at me for a minute, and confessed it was his friend’s, and that his apartment was too messy. I told him, ‘This place doesn’t reflect you,’ and that seemed to click with him. He took us downstairs to his place, with his newly washed socks on a makeshift clothesline.”

William S. Burroughs in his Paris apartment, 1962.

William S. Burroughs in his Paris apartment, 1962.

William S. Burroughs in his Paris apartment, 1962.

William S. Burroughs in his Paris apartment, 1962.

Storytelling with Humphrey Bogart

“It was a thrill for me to photograph Humphrey Bogart. Columbia Studios had invited a group of photographers to the set of The Caine Mutiny when they were doing the storm at sea sequence, with tons of water splashing down on the set. I didn’t know the story, and when they broke, I stopped to ask the director Eddie Dmytryk to fill me in on what the action was that they were filming.

Bogart was talking to Eddie, and told me that I should have read the book, instead of ‘bothering our busy director!’ He then proceeded to tell me the story, much to the amusement of Dmytryk. It was great just to hear his famous voice directed to me. I knew he had not been serious in his reprimand, but to make sure I knew it, he kindly put his arm around my shoulder and walked me back to where they were filming.”

Humphrey Bogart as Captain Queeg in The Caine Mutiny, Columbia Studios, 1953.

Humphrey Bogart as Captain Queeg in The Caine Mutiny, Columbia Studios, 1953.