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Kazuo KENMOCHI "Nimfetto Revised Deluxe Edition" 1970 Photobook


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Kazuo KENMOCHI, photographer. "Nimfetto Revised Deluxe Edition." Tae UMEHARA, model. Japan: Nobel Shobo, 1970, First Edition thus, HB, clear vinyl protector, photo decorated slipcase, 30 cm x 23 cm, 136 pp, mostly b/w gravure photos with a few in color.

The photos from these sessions were the basis for at least three photobooks, yet all three are completely different. All of the photobooks share the lush b/w gravure printings but very few specific photos. The original photobook, “Nimfetto” from 1969, is very rare. A small book of the most poetic images. Inspired by the European settings, the original art design connected Umehara's form to the art of antiquity, especially Greek pottery and sculpture. The next two variations of the book, this book from 1970 and “Europe” from 1971, are "deluxe" versions with new photos from the sessions but without the art design elements - the Greek columns and such that overlaid the images. All of the people associated with the photo sessions and books are famous 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 in the first book 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.

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: Excellent, clean interior pages, with original soft vinyl protector and slipcase.

Shipping costs: Checkout settings are for International airmail "small packet" (available for packages up to 2 kg), delivery estimated at 5-8 days - $27.20. Two other shipping options are also available: Economy airmail shipping SAL (surface/air), delivery estimated at 2-3 weeks - $18.90; and International EMS (express mail service), delivery estimated within 2-4 days - $37.00 (USA), $41.00 (Europe). Shipping weight: approx. 1350g.