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* Nobuyoshi ARAKI "The Banquet" - "Shokuji" 1993 Photobook 1st Printing

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Nobuyoshi ARAKI, photographer. “Shokuji" - "The Banquet.” Tokyo: Magazine House, 1993, First Edition, PB, dj, 26 x 18 cm, 130 pp, color & b/w photos.

"Shokuji (The Banquet) is another tribute to Nobuyoshi Araki's late wife Yoko... A 'photo-diary' of the food they ate together in the last months of her life, the book is divided into three sections. Two parts are double-page photographic spreads of food, enclosing a middle section that is a written 'food diary'... Araki was making commercial food pictures on a regular basis, and the color section of the book represents a selection of these, beginning in 1985, and shot with ring flash and a macro lens. The black-and-white section was photographed using available room light at home, and was started when doctors told Araki that his wife had only around a month left to live... The obvious metaphor is to suggest that the color was leaving Araki's world, but his intentions are not quite so simple. The retreat from color is a retreat from realism to romanticism, where what were clearly images of food now become images of matter, like micro-photography, echoing the viral landscape of the cancer that was destroying his wife."--Parr & Badger, The Photobook: A History, Vol. 1, p. 307 (also appears on the front cover of the jacket).

Condition: Very Good, binding is firm and unbent.

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