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Nobuyoshi ARAKI "Polaevacy" 2000 Photobook Deluxe Ltd Ed + SIGNED Polaroid

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Nobuyoshi ARAKI, photographer. "Polaevacy." Japan: Shobunsha, 2000, First Edition, HB, dj, 22 cm x 16 cm, 128 pp, 665 color photos, Japanese text, deluxe edition limited to 500 Copies.

"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.

Rare Deluxe Edition Limited to 500 Copies with an original, signed SX-70 Polaroid color print of one of the images from the book (the book page with the print is pictured). The print is enclosed in a mylar sleeve that is mounted to a board with a die-cut window. One of Araki's nicest book presentations. Very Scarce.

Condition: Excellent, with obi, in publisher's slipcase with affixed printed label.

Shipping costs: International EMS (express mail service) delivery estimated within 2-4 days - $22.20 (USA), $26.00 (Europe). Shipping weight: approx. 850g.

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