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Nobuyoshi ARAKI "Polaevacy" 2000 Photobook 665 Polaroids


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Nobuyoshi ARAKI, photographer. "Polaevacy." Japan: Shobun-sha, 2000, First Edition, HB, dj, 22 cm x 15 cm, 128 pp, 665 color photos, Japanese text.

"The title is an Araki-style portmanteau word combining Polaroid with privacy. Araki attributes a 'whiff of secrecy' to his Polaroids taken in the intervals between work. Polaroids taken by Araki since the 1980s are here compiled by Koga Hirano."--Kotaro Iizawa, Araki: Self, Life, Death

The Polaroids are presented 6 per page, an eclectic mix of nudes, self-portraits, flowers, cityscapes, skyscapes, friends, his cat, still life - in short everything Araki. The few pages of text (in Japanese only) present a dialogue between Araki and Kotaro Iizawa, Japan's most prominent photo critic. Araki talks about the attraction of the Polaroid medium, its characteristics and advantages. To Araki the unique surface of a Polaroid reminds him of a woman's skin. The erotic connotation of the Polaroid was ingrained in Araki at an early age simply because it allowed him to take photos that otherwise would have been turned down by a photo lab in censorious Japan.

Condition: Quite Good, with obi. There are a handful of small light foxing spots at the page edges only and the obi has a repaired tear.

Shipping costs: Checkout settings are for International airmail "small packet" (available for packages up to 2 kg), delivery estimated at 5-8 days - $13.20. Two other shipping options are also available: Economy airmail shipping SAL (surface/air), delivery estimated at 2-3 weeks - $7.80; and International EMS (express mail service), delivery estimated within 2-4 days - $20.00. Shipping weight: approx. 660g.