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Jun MIKI "Samba Samba Brazil" 1967 Photobook


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Jun MIKI, photographer. "Samba Samba Brasil" - "Samba Samba Brazil." Japan: Kenkosha, 1967, First Edition, HB, 36 cm x 27 cm, approx. 130pp, color & b/w gravure photos, text in Japanese, English and Portuguese including a page of essay by the photographer.

Jun Miki was one of Japan's pioneers in photojournalism, the first Japanese photographer to publish in Life Magazine. Despite apparently only publishing this one masterpiece of a photobook, He is held in only slightly less regard than the Japanese King of photojournalism, Ken Domon. Indeed, this book is published by the same publisher as Domon's landmark "Hiroshima" and the lavish construction of this book mimics that one - same size, same quality printing materials. The Miki Jun Award was established in 1999 to remember his legacy. Chapters: 1) Brasilia, 2) Cristalina, 3) Ouro Preto, 4) Women in Rio de Janeiro, 5) Modern Industry, 6) The Xavantes Tribe in Amazonia, 7) Japanese in Sao Paulo, 8) Copacabana & Ipanema, 9) Carnival. The "Brasilia" chapter is fascinating look at the city as it was being created and the architecture of Oscar Niemeyer. "Cristalina" visits a mining region and one thinks of Domon's masterpiece "Chikuho no Kodomotachi". Though published in 1967 the photographs were taken during visits in 1958 and 1960 so the connection to Domon's greatest books is closer than one might think. This photobook is destined to be included in future references whether that is a future volume of Parr and Badger or someone else - eventually someone will have to take notice of the second great representative of Japanese photojournalism.

Condition: Very Good, with decorative slipcase.