19 May 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price Realised GBP 4,375
Estimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000
Karasu -- Ravens. Tokyo: Sokyusha, 1986.
Square quarto (257 x 257 mm). 62 black and white photographs. Original black cloth, covers and spine blind-stamped, original glassine dust jacket, original cardboard slipcase with printed paper label (light wear on dust-jacket and slipcase). Provenance: Masahisa Fukase ( inscription in white pen on the front blank, to:) -- 'Mr Kadoma'.
FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY FUKASE. COMPLETE WITH THE GLASSINE DUST-JACKET, AND A PRINTED SHEET OF CAPTIONS LAID-IN. 'The post-provoke masterpiece of Japanese photobooks... a technical as well as an aesthetic tour-de-force... its strength is that it works on so many levels -- graphically, descriptively, technically, metaphorically. The imagery is beautiful, surprising, haunting, but ultimately it is Fukase's masterly handling of the narrative and rhythm that makes it so memorable'. The Photobook, vol. I, p.306.
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