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Kishin SHINOYAMA "28 Girls" 1968 Photobook with rare ephemera


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Kishin SHINOYAMA, photographer. "28 Girls." Yukio MISHIMA, essay. Japan: Camera Mainichi, 1968, First Edition, PB, 36 cm x 26 cm, 102 pp, color & b/w photos, text in Japanese and English.

"Shinoyama totally changed the look of the nude model... breaking sharply from the traditional treatment of the nude as an ideal of beauty, it had a pop feeling and very image-based sensibility... needless to say, it had a strong impact on young photographers..."--Kaneko & Vartanian, Japanese Photobooks of the 1960's and 70's, pp 102-107

"In his first photography book, "28 Girls (1968)", Shinoyama's models were very diverse; some were dancers from the Hijikata school, who gave their poses movement and suppleness, while others were mixed-race girls resulting from marriages that took place during the American occupation, shown wearing makeup and in postures that made them look like Western actresses. The photographer's lively imagination can be seen in his use of color and in his distortion of the bodies by using a wide-angle lens."--Bertolotti, Books of Nudes, p. 184

"Photographer Kishin Shinoyama makes inventive color and black-and-white nudes that explore the beauty of the human form set against a variety of imaginative backdrops... Shinoyama began his career as a successful advertising photographer beginning in the mid-1960s and gained further notice in 1966 with infamous photos of writer Yukio Mishima, some of which were displayed in huge format to outraged shoppers in a Tokyo department store. Mishima contributes an essay in this photo book "On the Art of Kishin Shinoyama." He remains one of Japan's most successful commercial photographers."--Photo-eye

Shinoyama biography: 1940-Born in Tokyo; 1961-Awarded the APA Prize at the 1st Exhibit of the Advertising Photographers’ Association; 1963-Graduated from the Photography Dept., School of Fine Arts of Nippon University; 1966-Won the Japan Photo Critics’ Assoc. Award; 1968-Left the Light Publicity Co. Ltd. to become a freelance photographer; 1970-Awarded the Prize of the Year from the Japan Photography Assoc.; Invited to Cologne Photo Kina Exhibition in West Germany as the one of four photographers invited; 1973-Awarded the Education Minister’s Art Encouragement Prize; Awarded the Kodansha Publishers’ Cultural Prize; Visited the Republic of China as a member of the Japan-China Photographers’ Friendship Mission; 1975-Participated in Arles Festival (France) as an invited photographer; 1976-Held a one-man exhibition “House” at the Japanese Pavilion in the Venice Biennial Exhibition; 1978-Participated in the exhibition “[Ma]-The Japanese Time and Space” at the Autumn Art Festival in Paris. Exhibited his pieces in the the Museum of Decoration in Paris; 1980-Awarded the 21st Mainichi Art Prize; His photography was featured on the cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s album “Double Fantasy”; 1985-Supervised the “Shinorama [MAN]” in the Theme Pavilion sponsored by the Japanese government in Tsukuba Expo ‘85. His 1991 book “Santa Fe” is the Japan’s best selling photo book of all time.

Condition: Quite Good for this book, some of the usual faults - some handling creases in the thin pages are unavoidable, some occasional light age spots. A small stain at the top, binding is unbent, unbroken. Includes three items of ephemera, the most important is a newspaper clipping and advertisement flyer from the original exhibition.

Shipping costs: Checkout settings are for International airmail "small packet" (available for packages up to 2 kg), delivery estimated at 5-8 days - $14.10. 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 - $22.00. Shipping weight: approx. 715g.