This print is accompanied by Kawada, Sei naru sekai -- Sacré Atavism. Tokyo: Shashin Hyoron-sha, 2 May 1971. Screened gravures of photographs by Kawada; text by Shibusawa Tatsuhiko. First edition, signed by Kawada. Red cloth & illustrated slipcase (illus.) 11¾ x 11¾in. (30 x 30cm.)
This is the actual print reproduced in the 20th anniversary issue of Camera Mainichi (1973) and gifted by Kawada to the editor. For this special volume, 100 contemporary photographers were asked to select one photograph from their own body of work. Kawada chose this extraordinary image of a prostitute on the Reeperbahn in St. Pauli, Hamburg's notorious red-light district. He shot this picture while travelling in Europe in search of the grotesque and the baroque for his second book Sacré Atavism (1971). The present lot is one of only a few vintage prints made of this image.