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Erik Weber — Seeing Richard
Erik Weber - Seeing Richard - Tangerine Press - Jarvis Cocker - William Hjortsberg
  • Three editions: trade paperback; 100 numbered & 8 lettered copies

"Erik Weber’s photographs are starkly beautiful works in their own right — but the really great thing for me is that they also amplify the reputation of an outstanding American writer who has been neglected for too long..."
— from Jarvis Cocker's foreword.

A literary photobook. The 200 or so images found in this book are a unique collection of formal portraits, joint projects and images of a more personal nature featuring the American writer Richard Brautigan during the period 1963-78.

Richard Brautigan (1935-84) was one of the most iconic US writers of the 1960s and 70s. A child of the Depression who rose to prominence in the thriving San Francisco literary scene, he was commanding huge advances from the large publishing houses by the late 1960s. But this ascent was matched by an equal and emphatic descent into alcoholism, which eventually led to his suicide at the age of 49. Seeing Richard is a collection of photographs Erik Weber made of Mr. Brautigan during their 15 year friendship. The images are of projects they worked on together, formal portraits made for book covers — including, most famously, Trout Fishing in America — and those of a more personal nature. The majority of the 200 b&w images have not been published before.

Introduction by William Hjortsberg & foreword by Jarvis Cocker.

"Absolutely a dream book for fans of Richard Brautigan.”
Beatscene

AVAILABLE IN THREE EDITIONS:

Paperback £25

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Numered/signed £45

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Lettered/signed £180

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First printing

£25 plus shipping

204 pages. Format approx. 10"/240mm wide x 10"/240mm tall. Archival quality coated paper; Context stone card covers. acid-free bright blue endpapers. Printed and bound in England. ISBN: 978-1-910691-01-4

LIMITED SUPPLIES OF THIS FIRST PRINTING AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER

100 Numbered/signed copies

£45 plus shipping

204 pages. Format, approx. 10”/250mm wide, 10”/250mm tall. Handbound at the Tangerine workshop with cloth-covered boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; foil embossed front cover artwork. ISBN: 978-1-910691-00-7

Fully bound in pearl 'biscuit' cloth; front cover artwork embossed in black; Hahnemuhle Lana claret endpapers; archival quality coated paper.

All 100 copies signed by Mr Weber.

8 Lettered/signed/slipcased copies

£180 plus shipping

204 pages. Format, approx. 10”/250mm wide, 10”/250mm tall. Handbound at the Tangerine workshop with cloth-covered boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; foil embossed front cover artwork. ISBN: 978-1-910691-00-7

Fully bound in colville purple/blue cloth; front cover artwork in gold; Fabriano Roma, handmade sepia endpapers (very rare, no longer made); archival quality coated paper. Slipcase bound in hand-pulled, screen print 'purple/blue with gold dots' Japanese Chiyogami paper.

The letters M, A, Y, O, N, I, S, and E have been slipcased.

Includes tipped in, signed colour print.

All 8 copies signed by the Erik Weber, William Hjortsberg and Jarvis Cocker.

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“Taken by his long-time friend and collaborator Erik Weber, these images of Brautigan reveal a playful, intense, generous presence. But there is also a troubled man at the heart of this archive; particularly moving are the images of his apartment in San Francisco in 1972, which Brautigan asked not to be published until after his death – they weren’t.”
The 405

“There are books and there are books. There are more books and then there are labours of love. The landscape of Brautigan’s life is carefully documented here, the ramshackle nature of the interiors of the places he lived. Absolutely a dream book for fans of Richard Brautigan.”
Beatscene

Erik Weber’s earliest photographic endeavours took him down the streets, clubs and parks of 1960s San Francisco, where he documented the revolution of a changing society. There his career was launched, his photos appearing in numerous magazines and on book and album covers.

William Hjortsberg is a novelist and screenwriter. His novel Falling Angel was the basis for the film Angel Heart, which starred Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro. More recently, Mr Hjortsberg published Jubilee Hitchhiker, a definitive biography of Richard Brautigan.

Jarvis Cocker is an English musician, singer-songwriter, radio presenter and editor, best known as frontman for the band Pulp. A long term fan, Mr Cocker has regularly supported and promoted Richard Brautigan’s work, including the in depth documentary Messy, Isn’t It? The Life and Works of Richard Brautigan for BBC Radio 4.

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