Here, a selection of images from LIFE staff photographer John Loengard’s newest book, Age of Silver, along with Loengard’s own insightful, fond reflections on his colleagues and his craft.
Pictured: Loengard made this portrait of Alan Ginsberg for LIFE at the University of Kansas in 1966.
"At the time," Loengard says, "neither LIFE nor I knew that Ginsberg was a photographer of considerable purpose." Indeed, in the 1990s, Ginsberg described his 40 years’ worth of snapshots as being akin to "written journals I’d kept — four decades of epiphanous moments that I’ve noticed."
(see more — John Loengard: Age of Silver)