Copper of 4N purity was deformed at room temperature by equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) using three passes of route A. The local microstructure and texture were investigated by orientation imaging microscopy and high-energy synchrotron radiation, respectively. The microstructure consists of elongated grains which are inclined to the extrusion direction. The texture is characterized by typical shear components of fcc metals which deviate from their ideal positions. The inclination of the grain long axis and the texture components with respect to the extrusion direction depends on the distance from the top of the extruded bar and changes from pass to pass. Reasons for the texture gradient are discussed.