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Nobuyoshi ARAKI "Faces of Japan: Osaka 3" 2002 Photobook SIGNED w/Face Drawing

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Nobuyoshi ARAKI, photographer. “Nihonjin no Kao: Osaka 3-3" - "Faces of Japan: Osaka 3-3.” Japan: Kinokuniya Shoten, 2002, First Edition, HB, dj, 30 cm x 22 cm, 322 pp - 286 pp of full page b/w photos and 36 pp of text in Japanese.

An early book from Araki's Faces of Japan Project. For the past couple of decades, every couple of years Araki picks a city (prefecture, actually), finds a studio and advertises for people-off-the-street models, taking all who show up, usually 500 to a 1000.

"The people in front of you, the subjects, they’re far more extraordinary than you. They all have their own charms. But often they themselves aren’t even aware of their charms, so you have to discover it and present it to them, like, This is it! They’re radiating all this aura, so your job is to pump up that aura even more and give it back to them by capturing it on film... In the past, my stance was to focus on the sentiments that emerge through the relationship between myself and the subject, but when people come up to me these days or a married couple say, 'Please take a photo of us,' I find that the sentiments or emotions that they have toward one another are much stronger than mine. I came to realize that I can get much more out of the shoot if I focus on the relationship that my subjects have among themselves, rather than the relationship between them and me. Shooting all those people taught me so much about the essence of human beings... You can’t do that kind of photography when you’re young - it’s way too embarrassing."--Araki

Condition: Excellent, with obi. SIGNED by Araki on the front endpaper - a full-page "Arakiss" signature with self-portrait face drawing.

Shipping costs: Checkout settings are for International airmail "small packet" (available for packages up to 2 kg), delivery estimated at 5-8 days - $27.60. Two other shipping options are also available: Economy airmail shipping SAL (surface/air), delivery estimated at 2-3 weeks - $19.80; and International EMS (express mail service), delivery estimated within 2-4 days - $40.00 (USA), $46.00 (Europe).Package weight: approx. 1850g.

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