London, South Kensington
21 May 2010
Yukiguni -- Snow Land. Tokyo: Mainichi Newspapers, 1956.
Quarto (300 x 258mm). 129 black and white photographs. (Occasional light offsetting.) Original black paper-covered card binding, original photo-illustrated dust-jacket, original card slipcase with yellow obi mounted as issued (dust-jacket with some wear on the spine and at ends, corners lightly rubbed, slipcase with some wear including a chip on the spine panel).
FIRST EDITION of the first Asahi Shimbun photobook, complete with the inserted card of technical specifications. 'Snow Land established a clear voice for those who espoused documentary photography in contemporary Japan... it is the predecessor to a long line of documentary publications in which photographers explore... how to define life in the new postwar era and still retain a sense of self'. Kaneko & Vartanian, Japanese Photobooks, pp. 30-5.
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