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Akira SATO "Woman" 1971 Photobook Chuo Koronsha Vol. 7


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Akira SATO, photographer. "Eizo no Gendai 7: Onna" - “Woman.” Japan: Chuo Koronsha, 1971, First Edition, HB, dj, 26 cm x 22 cm, 120 pp, 76 b/w photos, text in Japanese and English. Essay, "Sex in the Abstract" by Yoshiaki TONO.

Highly sought after - an important early book from one of Japan's most celebrated photographers. This is the seventh from a highly important series of ten books published by Chuo Koronsha. Included in the series were seminal books by Moriyama Daido, Tatsuki Yoshihiro, Tomatsu Shomei, Ueda Shoji, Narahara Ikko and others.

Bio: Akira Sato (1930–2002) was a Japanese photographer noted for his photographs of girls and of Europe. Sato was born on 30 July 1930 in Tokyo. While a student of economics at Yokohama National University he was an avid reader of Life and other photographic and fashion magazines at the American CIE library in Hibiya. He graduated in 1953 and one year later became a freelance photographer, specializing in fashion. From around 1956 he was caught up with new trends in photography, and he participated in the 1957 exhibition Junin no me ("Eyes of ten": Yasuhiro ISHIMOTO, Kikuji KAWADA, Shun KAWAHARA, Akira SATO, Akira TANNO, Shomei TOMATSU, Toyoko TOKIWA, Masaya NAKAMURA, Ikko NARAHARA, & Eikoh HOSOE), subsequently joining the collective "Vivo". Vivo was one of the most influential movements in Japanese Photography, not only because of the artistic quality of its members but the next generation of photographers as well, many of whom assisted the Vivo members, including Daido MORIYAMA, Nobuyoshi ARAKI, & Shunji OKURA. Sato had a series of one-man shows starting in 1961, alongside publications within the camera magazines. He specialized in black-and-white photographs of girls: their faces in close-up, their bodies surrounded by nature. In 1963 Sato went to the US and then Europe; he returned to Japan in 1965. Thereafter he made many trips to Europe, particularly Scandinavia and Vienna, primarily photographing in color.

Condition: Very Good, especially for a book from this series which are usually seen with wear and discoloration, with obi. Aging signs usually seen with these books - wear at the top and bottom edges, light age/moisture discolorations at the end papers - are minimal, spine is solid and obi is unusually free of wear.