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Katsumi WATANABE "Shinjuku Guntoden 66/73" 1973 Photobook RARE Amazing Condition


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Katsumi WATANABE, photographer. "Shinjuku Guntoden 66/73” - “Shinjuku Thievery Story, ‘66 - ‘73." Tokyo: Bara gahosha, 1973, First Edition, PB, 12 cm x 18 cm, 128 pp, b/w photos.

Reference: Parr & Badger, The Photobook: A History, Vol. 3, p. 221. Kaneko & Vartanian, Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and 70s, p. 140-143.

Very rare. According to Kaneko and Vartanian, only a 1000 copies were produced - according to Harper’s perhaps only 500 survived with half the copies lost to water damage. “Even though the images assembled in Shinjuku Gunto Den, ‘66-’73 were taken as commemorative snaps rather than with artistic intent, in this photobook Watanabe skillfully expresses the mood and mystique of this time and place... The layout is simple and consistent, with one image on each page... in general Watanabe’s subjects are described by what they are doing at the time: ‘Someone I happen to see often in Shinjuku,’ ‘Someone who works at night,’ ‘Someone wearing a wig,’. (etc).. Watanabe published the volume himself, producing only a thousand copies. Printed on rough, yellow stock, bound together with staples and without a cover, this photobook in its production values evoked the cheapness and ephemeral, throw-away qualities of the flyers that were used to promote shop business. Rather than something to actually hold on to, it suggested a commodity that was to be consumed and discarded, a quality that gives it a real underground feel. This small, cheaply produced book would influence photographers like Daido Moriyama and Shomei Tomatsu, as well as Seiji Kurata, the photographer of Flash Up.”--Kaneko & Vartanian.

Condition: Excellent, very rare condition, no handling creases and none of the usual fragility around the staples - very secure binding. I really doubt I will ever see a better copy than this one.

Shipping costs: International EMS (express mail service) delivery estimated within 2-4 days - $23.60 (USA), $26.00 (Europe). Shipping weight: approx. 650g.