The Chop Suey Club

The Chop Suey Club
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Bruce Weber. Edited and designed by Dimitri Levas.

Sante Fe. Arena Editions. 1999. First edition. Cloth-bound hardback, blind-stamped with title and the words "who touches this touches a man" (Walt Whitman), dust jacket. Unpaginated [c.280 pages]. Illustrated throughout with b&w and colour full-page photographs. 220 x 170mm (8 x 6"). 1kg. 1892041197. English. Very good; very slight shelf wear, a couple of very small nicks at top edge of rear jacket with three near-invisible short black ink marks; internally clean.

A very personal photographic study of Weber's friend Peter Johnson, a young wrestler from Wisconsin. Weber met Johnson in 1996 and became fascinated by his youthful physique and sense of being. The Chop Suey Club collects together three years of portraits of his muse in various degrees of dress and undress. Johnson playing American football, Johnson fishing, Johnson in chaps, Johnson wrestling, Johnson as a sailor, Johnson surfing, Johnson dining with a monkey, Johnson with dogs. . . Chop Suey was a nickname Weber gave to Johnson, inspired by an old cookbook. The film Chop Suey was released in 2001 starring Johnson as well as Robert Mitchum, Wilfred Thesiger, Diana Vreeland and was a cinematic scrapbook of Weber's personal passions.

[Hasselblad Center. The Open Book. p.386]