Good-bye United Kingdom

In the late 1950s the Conservative government of Harold Macmillan dramatically changed its attitude and appointed Edward Heath to submit an application and lead negotiations for Britain to enter the Common Market.

Britain joined the Organization for European Economic Co-operation (OEEC) in 1961 and worked towards the reduction of trade restrictions between members. Britain was suspicious of the French Schumann plan to establish a supranational body regulating the production and sale of coal and steel.

The United Kingdom European Communities membership referendum was a public vote that took place on 5 June 1975, on whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Communities which was principally the European Economic Community (the Common Market) as it was known at the time.

The electorate expressed significant support for EC membership, with 67% in favor on a national turnout of 64%.

45 years later the UK is leaving the EU – for better or worse – time will tell.

The photograph above was taken by Harold Chapman, (*1927), a renown English photographer, whose work is reflecting life in the UK and France from the early 1950-s until today.

The woman looking outside the window, has obviously an opinion, firm enough to state it also publicly. While her wish came not true at the time(1975), it does now 45 years later, as the UK leaves the EU on January 31, 2020.

The Beat Generation is moving to the ZKM

”  The ZKM | Karlsruhe will be the second stage of the Beat Generation exhibition (Nov 26 – Apr 30, 2017) after the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In the last few years, the ZKM has dedicated a number of major exhibitions to the leading figures of the Beat Generation, such as William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg (above right with Peter Orlovsky, Paris, Saint Germain, 1956 – Photo by Harold Chapman). In this new exhibition, an overview of the literary and artistic movement, which was created at the end of the 1940s, will now be provided for the first time. If “beatniks” were viewed back then as subversive rebels, they are now perceived as actors in one of the most important cultural directions of the 20th century.”


©Harold Chapman, William S. Burroughs in his room at the Beat Hotel ~1960

©Harold Chapman, William S. Burroughs in his room at the Beat Hotel, Paris ~1960




This exhibition is organized by the Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, in collaboration with ZKM | Center for Art and Media.


The OMC Gallery is proud to offer a very large selection of photographs (period and modern prints) by Harold Chapman (signed). If you’re interested in buying, contact us at

Interested in books about Harold Chapman’s “Beat Generation” oeuvre? Find here:

OUT OF PRINT – BEATS A PARIS, 132 pp.; HB black.w/blue; NEW! fine condition w/clean, tight pages. with Dust Cover NEW! fine condition. Title trans: “Beats in Paris: Paris and the Poets of the Beat Generation 1957-1963” Harold Chapman’s capture of Paris in the 50s/60s, including the ‘Beat Hotel’, in which icons of the Beat Generation, including Allen Ginsberg & William Burroughs got together. In German. B/W photos throughout. Comes with English translation as separate insert. Price $49 + shipping


Paris and the Poets of the Beat Generation 1957 - 1963

Harold Chapman – Paris and the Poets of the Beat Generation 1957 – 1963


The Beat Hotel by Harold Chapman

THE BEAT HOTEL by Harold Chapman – Out of Print – Paperback. Used copy in very good condition (Cover not at all as faded as image above), signed by Harold Chapman! Price: on request only. Please contact us at



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