The James Wedge Book
Edition : First / London / Countdown Productions / 1972 / Hardcover. / VG+
Oblong Folio, Unpaginated (ca 48pp). Printed boards as issued. With 21 tipped in plates printed in mono and duotone with black tissue guards. Text in English. Signed by Wedge in silver pen. An out of series copy – the book was published in a numbered edition of 500 copies, though this copy is un numbered.
The insider’s outsider. In the late sixties Wedge opened Top Gear on the Kings road with Pat Booth, and later Countdown, who’s clientele included Jagger (the 1969 white frock worn at the stones in the park concert), Marianne Faithfull and the rest of the swinging london jetset- he is also reputedly responsible for the mod target, but lets forget that for now. After Countdown, Wedge became jaded with retail and boutique culture, and decided to move into photography. As a trained milliner his work is highly sculptural, and his preoccupations with surrealism make for arresting work. Those familiar with the dark sexuality of Penny Slinger with recognise something in Wedge’s photographs and photo collages.