Diceman for The Guardian

March 4, 2017 9:04 am

In early January I drove upstate to Canaan, New York to photograph George Cockroft, a fiction writer who goes by the pen name Luke Rhinehart. In the early 70’s he wrote a controversial book called The Diceman, which was banned in several countries and went on to become a cult classic.

I have a hard time reading fiction but I couldn’t put this book down. As I was driving upstate I sort of assumed that I was about to meet the main character of the book, but George wasn’t much like Luke Rhinehart, a true sign of a great creative writer.

Tanya Gold wrote a beautiful piece about her time with George and his wife Ann, it’s out in today’s Guardian Weekend Magazine and you can read it by clicking here.

Many thanks to Photo Editor Kate Edwards.

 

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When I arrived I took a walk around George's property and I found this pond with a giant crack in the ice. I asked him he'd be comfortable standing on it and he said of course. He went on to say that he'd only fallen through once in 40 years ago, and that was on a much warmer day.

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