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Kira SUGIYAMA "Rafu no utsushikata" - "How to photograph nude women (#1)" 1950 Photobook


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Kira SUGIYAMA, photographer. "Rafu no utsushikata" - "How to Photograph Nude Women (Vol. 1)." Japan: Oizumi Shoten, 1950, First Edition, HB, dj, 18 x 18 cm, 144 pp, b/w photos, text in Japanese.

Two of Sugiyama's photo-books are referenced in Bertolotti - Photo Anthologie Nude (1969) and the sequel to this book, Zoku rafu no utsushikata (1951). Bertolotti neglects to mention this important predecessor and gets the date wrong, as well (he says 1961). This book - the first of a three-volume series - has a large section of technical text (in Japanese) and illustrative photos which have no parallel in the subsequent volumes.

"Not all of the nude photography books of this time were subversive, although they were all characterized by the sharply imaginative nature of their images. Many photographers specialized in the glamour genre. One of the most successful was Kira Sugiyama's photography book, Zoku Rafu No Utsushikata, which showed photos of frisky young models taken outdoors; these were nice, happy, healthy ingenues, modeled on the pinups of the 1950's, and on photographs by Andre de Dienes taken in France at the same time."--Bertolotti, Books of Nudes, p. 181

Sugiyama's joyous photography has had a lasting influence on innumerable Japanese photographers of the nude - for instance, Yoshihiko Ueda's 3 Women is practically an homage to the cover photo of this book.

Condition: A certain amount of wear is pretty normal for these books but this is one of the best examples I have seen. The book itself is sturdy and the interior pages are uncommonly clean and bright. The dust jacket has some of the usual wear around the edges.

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