The Hitcher
by Chris Coekin
Publisher's Description
Recently, I was pleasantly surprised to discover the latest work from British photographer Chris Coekin. In his book, The Hitcher Coekin records his six years of hitchhiking shenanigans across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Equipped with a disposable snapshot camera and a Mamiya 6 x 8, Coekin set out in 2000 on his photographic odyssey. Kerouac was, of course, a motivating factor, as were the writings of British author Laurie Lee in As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning. The 'on the road' style images from photographers such as Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand and, of course, Shore, were perhaps also registered somewhere in his visual lexicon.

But unlike these predecessors, Coekin, has managed to apply some quirky twists to this photographic genre. In the social documentary tradition, for example, it is usually the photographer who chooses who and what to photograph. Yet, for a major portion of the book, Coekin has effectively allowed the subjects to choose themselves, by portraying the motorists who offered him a lift. Coekin involved his subjects even more intricately in his process when he asked each driver to fill out a questionnaire which began with, 'Why did you stop to pick me up?' The answers appear throughout the book.
ISBN: 0955596203
Publisher: Walkout Books/The Photographers' Gallery
Hardcover : 128 pages
Language: English
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