19 May 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 1,875
Estimate GBP 1,500 - GBP 2,000
Nippon Gekijo Shashincho -- Japan. A Photo Theatre. Tokyo: Muromachi-Shobo, 1968.
Quarto (210 x 220mm). 145 black and white photographs. Original green textured wrappers, spine and covers printed in white (extremities rubbed, spine faded); original printed cardboard slipcase (some wear, light soiling). Moriyama's signature in black felt-tip pen on the front blank.
FIRST EDITION OF MORIYAMA'S FIRST BOOK, SIGNED. 'a tour-de-force of existential expressionism' (The Photobook). 'In the onslaught of imagery -- paced, intimate, ambiguous, erotic, intelligent -- the photographer, the photographed, and the reader stopped being separate' (Ehon). De Beaupré, Japon. 1968-1982, pp.10-11; Ehon: The Artist and the Book in Japan 67; The Photobook, vol. I, p.288.
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