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Bookmarc Celebrates Close To Two Decades Of Beck

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As a celebrated portraitist, photographer Autumn de Wilde has been focusing her lens on indie musicians—Elliott Smith, the White Stripes, and Death Cab for Cutie, among them—for years. She’s been photographing her friend Beck Hansen for a full 17, creating a body of work that’s become the new book BECK. Both were on hand yesterday at L.A.’s Bookmarc to sign copies.

“She was just there taking photos for years at a time when no one else around was taking them,” Hansen explained; the two first met at 1995′s Lollapalooza festival. “Stuff was happening, we were touring, making albums and nobody was ever documenting anything. She was the first person to come along.”

“And then as our relationship grew, we would start doing full portrait sessions,” de Wilde added. She eventually went on to photograph covers for his albums, including 2002′s Sea Change, his favorite of their collaborations. “That was really the first time we sat down to do a photo. Before that she was just coming over to hang out,” Beck said, with de Wilde calling it their first official photo shoot.

The book consists of 170 shots, including intimate portraits, captured moments from select performances, and even images documenting the recording of Beck’s 1998 album Mutations. “We were documenting that time period in portraiture and sometimes I was just purely following,” de Wilde said. “Our relationship has shifted a lot; I either disappear or I take charge.”

Photo: David Crotty / PatrickMcMullan.com

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