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Akira GOMI "Americans 1.0 Los Angeles" 1998 Photobook

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Akira GOMI, photographer. "Americans 1.0 Los Angeles." Japan: Bunkasha, 1998, First Edition, thus, PB, dj, 15 cm x 11 cm, 398 pp, color photos.

The paperback republication of the hardcover original - unlike the original hardcover edition, which was primarily b/w, this reprint reproduces all of the images in color. 2.0 Tokyo and 3.0 China were subsequent installments of Gomi's cross-cultural documentation of the bodies and lives of young women around the world. Americans 1.0 depicts 100 young American women of ages between 18 and 24. Section of trivia about each model is included, measurements, weight, ethnic background, blood type occupation, etc. "A quirky blending of elements, this lies somewhere between the typologies of Bernd & Hilla Becher, and Jock Sturges & Sally Mann's images of the flowering of womanhood." Akira Gomi was over a decade ahead of the curve when it came to "deadpan" portrait photography. The models are from a wide spectrum of ethnic backgrounds. The girls themselves are ordinary, some are beautiful, some are not, many different shapes and sizes. There are about 10 standard poses: Fully clothed, closeup of the face, full-length front, back, left profile, and right profile; three-quarter-length front and back, and head and chest. The number of poses shown for each girl varies. For some girls, you see all ten poses. They stand completely erect, hands on the sides, and feet together or slightly apart. The same or similar seamless background is used for all the studio photos. The lighting is even and flat. There are no shadows. Most of the girls are poker-faced. A few give a slight smile.

Condition: Good, binding is still firm.

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