“William Burroughs, Paris, 1959. Burroughs is wearing what he called his “Rothschild suit”. One of a number of images taken of Burroughs by Brion Gysin in the streets of Paris. Gysin told writer Terry Wilson that the series was an ironic magical operation intended to procure Burroughs’ entry into the French Academy. ”
– from Naked Lunch at 50 – text by Oliver Harris
To create an icon you need an image. To create an effective image you need a really good photographer.