|Photo used with permission by Nick Czerula.|
Click on the photo for a link to the full collection.
The book has been released for a limited time in a free online version through Adobe Slate - which makes for an interesting, dynamic viewing experience.
Czerula's collection contains very few words - only a minimum of captions or comments. Instead, he lets his crisp black and white photography tell the story of one of the most iconic of American framebuilders. One can scroll through the photos, and follow the process of building a frame - starting with lug preparation, and tube mitering, and up through brazing it all together. Something that is very striking, and is mentioned as one of the few captions, is that apart from a drill and a belt sander, Sachs uses virtually no power tools in his shop. Hand saws and files carry out the majority of his work. But there are also plenty of "stolen moment" shots of the man very much at ease with himself. Some shots capture the quirks and his humor, while other shots show him as a tough competitor on the cyclocross course.
The Richard Sachs - Bicycle Maker collection will be available free for a "limited time" on the Adobe Slate site, though I don't know how long that "limited time" is, so I recommend checking it out sooner rather than later.
And to see more of Czerula's work (a lot of which is bicycle-related), check out his website, facebook, instagram, or twitter.