BECKETT, SAMUEL (1906-1989, Irish dramatist, poet and novelist)
This massive photograph, one of the most impressive images of Beckett, was taken in Room 604 at the Hyde Park Hotel in London in 1980. Minihan had left a note for Beckett at the hotel offering to show him some photographs and duly went round when Beckett invited him to do so. He recalls: 'Mr Beckett opened the door with a smile on his face. He put me immediately at ease. He was dressed casually, wearing flip-flops. The room was a small one at the back of the hotel, overlooking the park...He had a great face for black-and-white and he certainly posed...' Minihan also photographed Beckett in 1984.
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