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Hiroshi NONAMI "Abyss" 1993 Photobook

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Hiroshi NONAMI, photographer. "Abyss." Japan: Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 1993, First Edition, First Printing, HB, dj, 28 cm x 22 cm, Approx. 80 pp, 50 color photos.

Every two or three years Nonami produces a photobook of his highly-crafted, surreal, gothic, dream-visions of beautiful women, from the faery-like to the statuesque. First there was "Abyss", followed by "Eureka", "Chaos" and "E-Mode." Amazingly, Nonami uses no digital manipulation whatsoever - all of his images are hand-made with a variety of dark-room techniques. His imagination leads him to experiment wildly - letting mold grow on the film to create stained patterns, for instance - and despite the controlled compositions of his subjects, eventual results have elements of fortuitous happenstance.

In 2000 a revised edition of this book was published to take advantage of the popularity of Nonami's "E-Mode" photobook featuring the famous Japanese actress Makiko ESUMI. That new edition included 13 new photos while replacing 8 of the photos in the original 1993 First Edition.

Nonami was born in 1954 Matsue City, in the Shimane Prefecture of Japan, Nonami graduated from the Osaka Photography Academy in 1974 and founded his Studio No-ah in 1979. His popular photobooks of the star music group "Luna Sea" and the actress Makiko ESUMI increased his fame, leading to exhibitions in Japan and Europe.

Condition: Excellent.

Shipping costs: Checkout settings are for International airmail "small packet" (available for packages up to 2 kg), delivery estimated at 5-8 days - $16.80. Two other shipping options are also available: Economy airmail shipping SAL (surface/air), delivery estimated at 2-3 weeks - $9.80; and International EMS (express mail service), delivery estimated within 2-4 days - $22.20. Shipping weight: approx. 875g.

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