The Chop Suey Club

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

Arena Editions. Sante Fe. 1999. First edition. Hardback; olive cloth-bound boards, blind-stamped with title and the words "who touches this touches a man" (Walt Whitman), dust jacket. [c.280 pages.] Illustrated throughout with b&w and colour full-page photographs. English. 220 x 170mm. 1kg. 1892041197. Near fine, in very good dust jacket; slight shelf wear, slight rubbing to spine ends and forecorners, small 0.5cm tear to lower edge of front jacket, small 1cm tear to lower edge of rear jacket.

A 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. 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]