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Kishin SHINOYAMA "Silk Road" 1983 Photobook Complete Set of 3


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Kishin SHINOYAMA, photographer. “Silk Road.” Complete set of 3 Books: Silk Road, Volume 1, From Nara to Urumqi; Volume 2, From Beijing to Persepolis; Volume 3, From Palmyra to the Vatican. Each Book: Japan: Shueisha, 1983, First Edition, PB, 15 x 11, 288 pp, color photos, text in Japanese, map.

The complete set of the paperback reprint of Shinoyama's monumental Silk Road series. Originally published in eight volumes - all gigantic. An awe-inspiring collection of images along the thousands of miles of the ancient silk road from Japan to Italy. Each book is a series of impeccably sequenced, photo-essays of people and places paying special attention to extreme landscapes, places of worship and especially the character and lifestyles of the residents. Far more than travelogues, both artistically and historically amazing. The cinematic sequencing is as artistic as the images themselves. All of the photos are in Shinoyama's signature deep color. Sprinkled throughout the each book is some descriptive text (in Japanese) and a map of the entire journey and all of the places visited - Japan, Korea, China, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Italy.

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 Biennale 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: All three books are excellent with unbent spines.

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.