31 May 2007
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, original printed cardboard slipcase (light wear at extremities). Daido Moriyama's signature in black ball-point pen on the title-page.
FIRST EDITION, OF MORIYAMA'S FIRST BOOK, SIGNED. A landmark in the long tradition of Japanese picture books. The Artist and the Book in Japan 67 ('in the onslaught of imagery -- paced, intimate, ambiguous, erotic, intelligent -- the photographer, the photographed, and the reader stopped being separate'); The Photobook, vol. I, p.288 ('A TOUR-DE-FORCE OF EXISTENTIAL EXPRESSIONISM').
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