Formats
Anthologies
109
Audio
307
Catalogues
441
Clothing
23
Editions
37
Ephemera
77
Literary
48
Monographs
185
Posters
299
Video
39
Zines
147

Shop > Artists' Books

#14325

Movie Life

Artist
Richard Edson
Designer
Louis Ford
Editor
Roger Bywater
Price
$35.00
Date
2019
Publisher
Bywater Bros. Editions
Format
Artists' Books
Genre
Photography
Description

Edited by Roger Bywater & Richard Edson
Designed by Louis Ford

Movie Life is an inside photographic portrait of the film industry by the veteran character actor Richard Edson. Although primarily known for his acting accomplishments, Edson started his career working as a musician, first as a the original drummer for Sonic Youth, and later in the seminal NYC funk collective Konk, for whom he preformed with throughout the early 1980s. It was around this period that he was approached by Jim Jarmusch who cast him alongside John Lurie in his 1984 breakout film Stranger Than Paradise.

Since then Edson has appeared in over 100 films, including Desperately Seeking Susan; Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; Good Morning, Vietnam; Do the Right Thing; Eight Men Out, plus many others. Throughout this period he nurtured a keen interest in photography but held back from actively shooting on set as he felt it distracted from his primary responsibly as an actor. However, when he was cast in Oliver Stone’s Platoon and Alex Cox’s Walker, (films shot in the Philippines and Nicaragua respectively), he realized these were opportunities he couldn’t fail to document.

Combining high-contrast format together with a first-hand insider viewpoint, Edson assembles a unique behind-the-scenes perspective of film making. Taken over a 30 year period, and entirely shot using B&W film, Movie Life features portraits of famous friends and colleagues from in front and behind the camera such as Willem Dafoe, Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco, Dee Dee Ramone, Ed Harris, Laurie Metcalf, Holly Hunter, John Sayles, and Wim Wenders.

Documenting the dramatic as well as the mundane Edson presents the full spectrum of film production, from the exotic and creative process of shooting on location, to the not-so-glamorous necessity of promoting films at festivals, press junkets and countless interviews. In the end what one is presented with is a portrait of an industry as well as a life contained within that industry. Ads Edson explains in the epilogue: “Becoming an actor was a good excuse to take photographs. The places I was went, the people I met, plus being involved in the whole machinery of film making was a subject that was too great to pass up.”

  1. Movie Life
 

Related Items

  1. Brad Elterman: Villa Le Rêve
  2. Jesus Days
  3. Richard Prince: Lynn Valley
  4. Zhang Dali: A Second HistoryLynn Valley 7
  5. Roger Bywater and Jack Pierson: Tomorrow’s Man 4
  6. Jack Pierson: Tomorrow’s Man 2
  7. Derek Sullivan: Lynn Valley 8
  8. Smoke Room 4
  9. Smoke Room 3
  10. Zin Taylor: The Crystal Ship
  11. Johannes Wohnseifer: A Secret Show in a Secret Place
  12. Zin Taylor: Void Flowers
  13. Kevin Rodgers: The Free Dependent
  14. Filipe Casaca: my home is where you are (a minha casa é onde estás)
  15. Anne-Sylvie Henchoz: Conversations entre masses
  16. Comfy Life 5
  17. Karla Read: Two
  18. Jannis Schulze: San Carlos
  19. Jeff Wall
  20. A Sudden Drop
  21. A Sudden Drop Collector’s Edition
  22. Amc2 Journal Issue 1
  23. Jacob Riis: How the Other Half Lives
  24. Piotr Uklański: Ottomania
  25. OSMOS Magazine Issue 22
  26. James Elkins: Photography Theory
  27. Brian Calvin, Cali Dewitt, Trevor Hernandez, Liz Larner, Jack Pierson, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Lily Stockman, Richard Tinkler, John Tottenham, and Evan Whale: Tomorrow’s Man 4
  28. Lars Ahlstrom and Hans Anders Molin: Airspace
  29. Guantanamo.
  30. Leah James: Night Skies
  31. Leah James: photographs
  32. Filipe Casaca: Blue Mud Swamp
  33. Eric Doeringer: Autobiography (after Sol LeWitt)
  34. Katrin Koffman: Ensembles Assembled: In Full Color
  35. Mira Mexico
  36. Ryan Trecartin: Yet