Jim Morrison: The American Poet by Joel Brodsky

Joel Brodsky’s photographs need no introduction to Doors aficionados, and his portrait of Jim Morrison with arms outstretched—‘The American Poet’—is probably the best-known image of the Doors frontman. 

In April 2007 we hosted an exhibition of Doors photographs from Joel’s archives at the gallery. Joel passed away shortly before the exhibition started, so sadly didn’t get a chance to see it on the walls, but he was heavily involved in all the planning, and with his family’s blessing, the exhibition went ahead to honour his legacy. In the exhibition we presented a number of estate authorised pieces in an ultra-large format, with a 50×50 inch image size, in frames measuring approximately 58 x 58 inches—including Joel’s best known photograph “The American Poet”. 

Taken by Joel at his New York studio in 1967 when the self-styled Lizard King was at the peak of his physical and artistic powers, “The American Poet” shows a bare chested Morrison with arms outstretched, staring into the camera. Just three examples of each photograph were offered by Joel’s estate in this very large size, and these three American Poets all sold out many years ago. It’s a really beautiful piece, in an epic physical scale which does full justice to the purity and power of Joel’s incredible image.

I am delighted to announce that one of these three examples is now available to purchase, as the existing owner —who purchased the piece from us in 2007—has decided to part company with him as a result of a house move. So for the first time since the edition sold out, we are able to offer you the chance to acquire this spectacular piece.

Please get in touch if you are interested in this dramatic ultra-large-format photograph. He is currently framed and ready to deliver to a new home.

A framed ‘American Poet’ (left) and part of the 2007 gallery installation (right)