Wrappers in printed jacket with red lettering, 240 pp with 115 black & white photo-illustrated narrative. Published by Heavy Industry Publications, Hollywood, CA. First edition limited to 5,000 unnumbered copies.
9h x 6w in
Dust jacket shows toning, small water stain lower spine and a small area where inked text has bled onto the back cover as well as some soiling, and pages show browning at the edges.
During the 1960s and 1970s, Ed Ruscha created a series of 16 small, self-published books that became the catalyst for the way artists could approach the book form. Intentionally photographed as if a collection of film stills, Crackers features noted Los Angeles fashion designer Rudi Gernreich, his frequent model Leon Bing, artist Larry Bell, and Tommy Smothers as models. The book is based on Mason Williams' text "How to Derive the Maximum Enjoyment from Crackers" (which is printed on the inside rear flap of the dust jacket). This project served as the basis for Ruscha's 1971 film "Premium".