Our Photographing William S. Burroughs soundbite series continues with Kate Simon discussing two portraits from a session on the notorious writer's front porch. In both photographs Burroughs poses with guns, a motif that has come to be strongly associated with the man and the myths surrounding him. Simon revisited the story behind the shoot;
'There's a story in this because he art-directed the whole shot. He pulled that 'burr rose' head stone from the foyer of his house and said 'well how do you like that?' Then he pulled out his rifle and I thought 'now this is a good shot'.'
The photographer also recalls other details of her visit to Burrough's home in Lawrence, Kansas, including photographing him throwing knives against a tree out in the garden. Listen to the interview now!
Image copyright Kate Simon