Levenson, David - The Burry Man

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David Levenson.
The Burry Man.

Southport, United Kingdom: Cafe Royal Books, 2018. 
Staple-bound softcover. 
16 pages. 
Second printing.
First printed 2013.
Black & White. 

The Burry Man is the main figure in an annual ritual
that takes place in South Queensferry, near Edinburgh every August.
A local man is covered from head to foot in thistle burrs.
He is paraded through the town at a snails pace supported
by two assistants. He is in the costume for nearly nine hours,
often in sweltering heat, and can easily lose nearly a stone in weight.
Able only to drink through a straw, he is sustained
by a few wee drams, and lots of water.
I shot it back in 1997 when the Burry Man was Alan Reid,
who did it for 25 years, until 1999.

Café Royal Books (founded 2005) is an independent
publisher based in Southport, England.
Originally set up as a way to disseminate art,
in multiple, affordably, quickly, and internationally
while not relying on 'the gallery'.

Café Royal Books publishes artist's books and zines
as well as a weekly series of photobook/zines.
The photographic publications are part of a long
ongoing series, generally working with photographers
and their archives, to publish work, which usually falls
into 1970–2000 UK documentary / reportage.