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* Ikko NARAHARA "Europe: Where Time Has Stopped" 1967 Photobook


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Ikko NARAHARA, photographer. "Yoropa: Seishi shita jikan" - “Europe: Where Time Has Stopped.” Kohei Sugiura, Mitsuo Masai, design. Texts by Ikko Narahara, Jun Eto. Japan: Kashima Kenkyujo Shupankan, 1967, First Edition, First Printing, HB, slipcase, 30 cm x 20 cm, 198 pp plus 5 gatefolds, 135 b/w gravure & 35 color photos.

"Like other members of the short-lived but highly influential Vivo agency, Narahara broke with dominant modes of documentary photography, which emphasized clear story telling, and pursued a more individual and subjective vision. In his famous essay "About My Method", he stated, "Even if a subjectivity abstracted from concreteness called human society is once again plunged into the reality of concrete human society of this land, it should not diminish its meaning as a document." A travelogue of sorts, Where Time Has Stopped records the photographer's travels in Europe from 1962-1965. The off-kilter, expressionist compositions bear the unmistakable mark of William Klein--whose influence on post-war Japanese photography cannot be overstated--yet are entirely more stark and surreal. Rather than giving the viewer a sense of the photographer as plunged into the world, Narahara's compositions possess an uncanny sense of vertigo--of the camera as almost disembodied, floating through the scenes it observes. "More than once," Narahara has said, "I had the impression that the spirit of my photographs achieved a detachment and freedom of the soul close to nothingness: what is called Zen.""--Photo-eye

"In these pictures, he utilized many different photography styles and techniques: high-contrast, fish-eye lens, collage, long-term exposure, solarization, and many other special effects. The Europe of Narahara's photography is quite beautiful, but seems suffused with the light of an overwrought imagination, he photographed the Europe he saw in his mind's eye as a Japanese, rather than the reality that was before him... Narahara's extensive use of effects that were considered unorthodox in his time was sometimes praised but more often lambasted upon the book's release. Nonetheless, Where Time Has Stopped earned Narahara the Minister of Education's Award, the Mainichi Art Award, and the Japan Photo Critics Association's Photographer of the Year Award."--Vartanian & Kaneko, Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and 70s, pp. 124-130.

Condition: Fair/Poor, with the printed acetate protector. Actually a "would be" Very Good copy with a nice case, a very good acetate jacket and very clean pages and boards, including the outer spine with its paper label in unusually unworn and unrubbed condition - but the bulk of the binding has become detached from the boards and pages at both ends of the book are loose. This book has a notoriously fragile binding, being one of the first glue-bound books in Japan. Many of the good copies seen these days actually have been repaired along the way and this would be a nice copy with some expert care.

Shipping costs: Checkout settings are for International airmail "small packet" (available for packages up to 2 kg), delivery estimated at 5-8 days - $27.60. Two other shipping options are also available: Economy airmail shipping SAL (surface/air), delivery estimated at 2-3 weeks - $19.80; and International EMS (express mail service), delivery estimated within 2-4 days - $40.00 (USA), $46.00 (Europe).Package weight: approx. 1850g.