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Kineo KUWABARA "Tokyo Days" 1978 Photobook Sonorama Edition #15


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Kineo KUWABARA, photographer. "Tokyo Days." Akira HASEGAWA, essay. Japan: Asahi Sonorama, 1978, First Edition, HB, dj, 21 cm x 22 cm, 120 pp, b/w photos, text in Japanese & English.

"Kuwabara is one of Japan's consummate street photographers. Born in 1913, Kuwabara was also the first magazine editor to publish the work of a young Nobuyoshi Araki in 1964. The pictures in this Asahi Sonorama survey, mostly from the 70s, have the humanist feel of Cartier-Bresson and Doisneau, though perhaps a bit more detached from their subjects. And like Cartier-Bresson, his formal sensibility runs toward strong geometric patterns and chiaroscuro."--Dana Friis-Hansen

"Kineo Kuwabara left an indelible imprint on the history of Japanese photography. As an amateur photographer before the war, Kuwabara walked and photographed the streets of Tokyo's old downtown, where he'd been born and raised. After the war, he was active in the photography world as editor of Camera, Sankei Camera, Photography Criticism, and other magazines. From the mid-1960s on, he once again threw himself into photographing; his prewar works drew renewed appreciation, and in 1973, the year he turned 60, he had his first solo exhibit. Shows and publications of both his new and his old work thereupon followed one after another, including Tokyo in the 11th Year of Showa and Tokyo Days, and he came into the spotlight as a photographer. His photos were what might be called memos or sketches of the everyday, or what he himself described as "indelible glimpses, intensely personal." Suffusing them is the air of the changing times and streets. From the mid-1930s "2-26" coup attempt by the radical right, to the frothy years of the early '90s bubble economy, Kuwabara's photographs convey the changing face of Tokyo. At the same time, they celebrate the improbable freshness of persistent images, and continue to be powerfully enticing to viewers today."--bio from Setagaya Museum's 2014 Kineo Kuwabara Exhibition

Volume #15 from the Asahi Sonorama Series published between 1977-1980 which extended to 27 volumes and is a remarkable collection of photobooks by the leading Japanese photographers of the time. Some of the other volumes included:: Hamaya's Snow Land, Iwamiya's Sado, Hosoe's Embrace, Sawatari's Nadia, Moriyama's Japan, a Photo Theatre II, Araki's Yoko, My Love, Fukase's Yohko, Ueda's Sand Dunes, Tomatsu's Kingdom of Mud, Suda's Fushi Kaden, Kawada's Cosmos of the Dream King, Naito's Baba, Yanagisawa's Tracks of the City.

Condition: Poor, an ex-library example. Book jacket is laminated with library stickers under and over the lamination. Book is missing 6 pages, otherwise the binding seems okay with no loose pages (though possible repairs there) and the pages are cleaner than one would expect.

Shipping costs: Checkout settings are for International airmail "small packet" (available for packages up to 2 kg), delivery estimated at 5-8 days - $15.00. Two other shipping options are also available: Economy airmail shipping SAL (surface/air), delivery estimated at 2-3 weeks - $8.80; and International EMS (express mail service), delivery estimated within 2-4 days - $20.40 (USA), $24.00 (Europe). Shipping weight: approx. 775g.