Beckett in Tangier

Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett in Tangier (1978) by François-Marie Banier.

A hardcover book ’Beckett’ by François-Marie Banier (ISBN 9783865219831, Steidl, 2009) had its origins in 1978 when the photographer happened to be on vacation in Tangier, Morocco and saw Samuel Beckett, the dramatic poet of angst and stasis, walking along in shorts and sandals, carrying a shoulder bag and heading for the beach.

At first it seems that Banier more or less stalked Beckett, like a paparazzo, but somewhere along the line they became friends. The book also contains photographs from the late ’80s of Beckett in Paris.