The Chop Suey Club by Bruce Weber. First edition (1999). First impression. Small format hardback in fine condition. No markings. Dust jacket in removable protective sleeve. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About The Chop Suey Club
« Even as it began, I knew I would never want it to end. It started in the spring of 1997 when I was driving through Joshua Tree National Park. The window was down and warm air was blowing through the car as I was editing some contact sheets while a friend of mine drove. We were listening to “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” by Gram Parsons, whose life ended in Joshua Tree in 1973. I thought about how Gram was so beautiful that Mick Jagger wrote “Wild Horses” for him. On my contact sheets I saw all these photographs I had just done in Los Angeles of Peter Johnson and giant poodles.
The poodles came from Denmark, and were famous because they were like little ponies. They all had the “continental clip” which makes them look like they’re always going to a party. There were photographs of Peter lying down with a poodle covering him, because he was a little shy at that time about being nude. The poodle’s mouth was open and he looked like he was saying, “Oh, alright already!” As I paused to look at the desert one of the contact sheets flew right out of the window. We stopped the car and we all got out to look for it, but we couldn’t find it. After about ten minutes we gave up and I just started laughing, thinking that some hitchhiker or lonesome cowboy would come by someday and this piece of paper would catch his eye, and he’s pick it up and see this nude boy with a giant poodle. »
– From the introduction
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