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Kazuo KENMOCHI "Nimfetto" 1969 Photobook


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Kazuo KENMOCHI, photographer. "Nimfetto." Tae UMEHARA, model. Hideko TAKAMINE, art direction. Kanna Kozu, poetry. Japan: Nobel Shobo, 1969, First Edition, HB, pictorial dj, original clear plastic dj, mostly b/w photos with a few double-page photos in color.

Interestingly, all of the people associated with this book are famous or are related to famous people (in Japan). Kazuo KENMOCHI is the famed photographer of "Narcotic Photo Document," The young model, Tae Umehara, is the grand-daughter of one of Japan's most famous artists, Ryuzaburo Umehara. The poetry is by Kanna Kozu, daughter of Yoshiyuki Kozu (musician) and Meiko Nakamura (actress). The design and art direction is by Hideko Takamine, a famous actress.

The photos from these sessions were the basis for at least three photobooks, yet all are completely different. All of the photobooks share the lush b/w gravure printings but very few specific photos. This is the very first of the photobooks, very rare, and the most poetic. Inspired by the European settings, Takamine's art direction connects Umehara's form to the art of antiquity, especially Greek pottery and sculpture. The next two variations of this book, from 1970 and 1971, would be "deluxe" versions with new photos from the sessions but without the art design elements.

These books are Kenmochi's only foray into this genre and he brings a high level of artistry that reminds one of classic high-contrast gravure photobooks from the '60s while anticipating the photobooks of Sumiko Kiyooka and Yoji Ishikawa.

Condition: Very Good, with the original soft vinyl protector.

Shipping costs: Checkout settings are for International airmail "small packet" (available for packages up to 2 kg), delivery estimated at 5-8 days - $15.90. 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 (USA), $26.00 (Europe). Shipping weight: approx. 825g.