10 April 2008
Kamaitachi. Tokyo: Gendaishichosha, 1969.
Folio (375 x 310 mm). 33 black and white gatefold photographs (two gatefolds with small repaired tears, a few reinforced in the gutter). Original printed cloth, spine blocked in blue; clear acetate jacket lettered in blue on front panel (a few chips at ends of spine panel and at corners); original printed paper-covered slipcase with original cardboard shipping box (some minor soiling to slipcase); black cloth slipcase. Provenance: Peter Bunnell, photo historian and scholar of American photography (presentation inscription from Hosoe on the front free endpaper; ownership stamp).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY HOSOE TO PETER BUNNELL: "For Peter Bunnell with much respect and appreciation. Eikoh Hosoe. March 27, 1984, Princeton." Bunnell was a great champion of Japanese photography and formed at Princeton the finest collection in the field anywhere in America. An excellent copy in the original shipping carton of this remarkably innovative book designed to enhance the ritual of viewing: each picture-page is a blue gatefold that must be unfolded to reveal the image, and carefully closed before proceeding to the next -- the intervening azure blue acting to reset the visual memory. Hosoe collaborated with the avant-garde dancer Hijikata on this evocation of the free spirit and its place in a land circumscribed by tradition. Preface by Shuzo Takiguchi, doyen of the Japanese photographic avant-garde. The Open Book, pp.248-9; The Photobook, pp.284-5 ("perfectly in accord with the modernity of the Provoke crowd").
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