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Hiroshi NONAMI "Abyss" 2000 Photobook


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Hiroshi NONAMI, photographer. "Abyss." Japan: Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2000, Revised 2nd Edition, First Printing Thus, HB, dj, 28 cm x 22 cm, 80 pp, 55 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.

This revised edition of Nonami's first photobook, "Abyss," was published to ride the wave of popularity of the previous years "E-Mode" featuring the famous Japanese actress Makiko ESUMI. The new cover is a stunning shot of Makiko and a few previously unpublished photos from the E-Mode sessions are added to this edition. 13 new photos not previously published in the First Edition.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