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* Masato SETO "Binran" 2005 Photobook SIGNED Taiwanese Betel Nut Girls


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Masato SETO, photographer. "Binran." Tokyo: Little More, 2008, HB, dj, obi, 20 cm x 30 cm, 60 pp, 48 color photos, essay "Glass Boats" by Seto in English.

Masato Seto was born in Thailand to a Japanese father and Vietnamese Thai mother, moving to Fukushima, Japan at the age of 8. He studied photography at the Tokyo Shashin Senmon Gakko. Further studies were with Daido Moriyama, afterwards serving as an assistant to Masahisa Fukase. Seto's Living Room (Heya), published in 1996 won the prestigious Kimura Ihei Award. Binran is his second photo series in color.

"A lot of Seto's photography involves people existing in a space they may or may not be comfortable in, be it a public park (Picnic), the train (Silent Mode), or their own living room (Living Room Tokyo), and how they negotiate that space, how they present themselves in what amounts to a static backdrop. Here, Seto takes this theme even further, presenting young women clad in very little, to the outsider some Asian version of the red lights of Amsterdam. Ostensibly they are there to sell betel nut, yet we never see any customers, leading us to wonder what exactly is being sold. The photographs are all at night, and the booths are lit in a way that makes them almost seem like Hollywood sets."--Japan Exposures

"...all I could do was gaze at this woman who wore a red bikini and looked like a tropical fish swimming in the incessant downpour. The shining box was like a glass boat drifting on the sea at night... She flitted around, moving up and down, as though she were able to live only in the rain... All alone, laying bare their skin inside see-through display windows - they looked naked if you wanted to see them that way. In each of the transparent boxes, they rose up in the air sitting on tall chairs: caged birds alighting on perches. The women seemed to subsist by breathing in the energy of the bright neon light flowing down over them... Maybe what I saw that stormy night was at the bottom of this deep sea. Specks of light scattered around sparkling, tangled up and dissolving down through the color of the waves to the bottom of a sea trench... a dragon palace where women live in secret."--Masato Seto

Condition: Excellent, with obi, SIGNED by the photographer in Western script on the front endpaper.

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