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Masaya NAKAMURA "Glamour" 1957 Photobook


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Masaya NAKAMURA, photographer. "Glamour" - "Guramaa: foto no utsushikata." Japan: Kin'en-sha, 1957, First Edition, HB, dj, 19 cm x 18 cm, 136 pp, mostly b/w with a few color images, text in Japanese.

A rare early photobook by Masaya NAKAMURA (perhaps his first? - the earliest that I have seen). Title and book design seem to reference Kira SUGIYAMA's Rafu no utsushikata series of photobooks from the 1950s. Both are elegantly apportioned between full page photos and explanatory notes with extra photos for the photo-phile. Nakamura is most famous for Ema Nude in Africa (1971) which was included in the seminal Sonorama series from the late 1970s, and had a long and distinguished career.

"The most talented glamour photographer of the time was Masaya Nakamura... Nakamura stood out from his colleagues by producing harmonious, original compositions showing models with serene, absorbed faces and a modesty and grace that make them unforgettable. The images highlight the sensuality of their bodies, captured amid a sophisticated interplay of chiaroscuro..."--Bertolotti, Books of Nudes, p. 180-1.

Masaya NAKAMURA (3/29/1926 - 6/6/2001) Bio: Photographer of women, best known for nudes. Born Yokohama. Studied photography at Tokyo Fine Arts High School and photochemistry at Chiba University. Served in the Japanese Army, 1942-46. Later became a press photographer for Yomiuri Shimbun for 6 months, then worked as a photographer for movie magazine publisher Eiga Sekaisha while working under Yuki HAYATA. Turned freelance in 1952. Portraiture, fashion, and women were his main subjects, mainly for magazines such as Chuo Koron and Fujin Gaho. Best known as a glamour photographer from 1956. Member of the exclusive glamour photographers' group called Gynee Gruppe. Nakamura's photos appeared in Life magazine's 30th anniversary issue in 1966. Operated Masaya Studio in Shinjuku, Tokyo, 1958-64 and in Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo in 1966. Elected president of the Japan Advertising Photographers' Association (APA) in 1979. Awards: News Photography Prize, Japan Photo Critics Association, 1957; Art Directors Club of New York 1966.

Condition: Very Good, near Excellent, light wear at the corners of the jacket.

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