Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Typewriter meets Freeway: Ed Ruscha, Royal Road Test, 1967.

"Book made in collaboration between Ed Ruscha, Mason Williams & Patrick Blackwell. Royal Road Test is a picture-book story of a Royal manual typewriter that was thrown out of the window of a 1963 Buick traveling at ninety miles per hour. Ruscha is cast in the role of the driver, Blackwell the photographer, and Williams the "thrower". The core of the book is a photographic examination of the wreckage of the typewriter strewn over many square yards, spoofing the methods of an investigator analyzing the demise of an automobile prototype."


Chris Brown said...


Backyard Bill said...

amazing great find!

corkgrips said...

love the spiral binding. there's a good story of how spontaneously the project occurred in Ed Ruscha and Photography