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Nobuyoshi ARAKI "Tokyo" 1973 Photobook Ltd Ed 1000


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Nobuyoshi ARAKI, photographer. "Tokyo: Araki Nobuyoshi Shashinshu 3" - "Tokyo: Araki Nobuyoshi Photobook 3.” Katsumi YUTANI, design. Koji TAKI, text. Japan: Fukusha Shudan Geribara 5 (Self-published), 1973, First Edition, PB, 26 x 13 cm, 56 pp, 56 b/w photos, limited edition of 1000 copies.

Along with Araki's "Sentimental Journey" and "Okinawa: Araki Nobuyoshi Photobook 2 (Sentimental Journey Continued)," both from 1971, "Tokyo" completes the trilogy of Araki's first publications. The connection between the first two is evident in the titles - the second two, Okinawa and Tokyo are designed to be sister publications. Both photobooks feature paired photo diptychs on every page - the pairs in Okinawa are horizontal and the ones in Tokyo are vertical. Tokyo features black and white city/people images interspersed with images of female nudes. Very simple and direct design: pink endpapers, no text on the interior (all text is on the front and back cover), two vertical images on the verso of each page, often nudes of women in passionately vulgar states juxtaposed with cityscapes of indifferent and slightly puzzled pedestrians. One of Araki's best, most important and scarcest books.

"When these volumes are viewed collectively, it becomes clear that Araki is working out a series of related ideas across a number of different publications: the public versus the private, the role of the photographer as a reporter, the contrast of the specific and the general, ideas of locale and narrative, and the very function of a photobook... Neither Okinawa or Tokyo includes Yoko, but they do address a different everyday life. Both are small format, and on each spread two photographs abut one another with no partitioning space between them, either side by side or one above the other. A generous amount of white space surrounds the pair, reinforcing the idea that they should be considered simultaneously, or even as one continuous image... In Tokyo, a tall and slender volume, two photographs are set flush together in a vertical layout, splitting the top and bottom into two parallel series. (Araki employs the same layout structure in Okinawa but pairs plates side-by-side instead of vertically.) The upper images are a snapshot taken with a telephoto lens of people waiting for the light at the other side of a cross walk. Below them are photographs of a nude woman either posing, or engaged with someone. A text by critic Koji Taki, "Reading an Invisible City," is reproduced on the cover of the book, like one page of a newspaper."--Kaneko & Vartanian, Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and 70s, p. 110.

Condition: Outside has small areas of moisture effects and rubbings, most visible where the text is lost - BUT - the spine is not broken-in and the interior is mostly excellent - clean interior pages, no signs of handling. Often the pink endpapers in this book have foxing but in this copy they are actually fine.

Shipping costs: International EMS (express mail service) delivery estimated within 2-4 days - $15.00. Shipping weight: approx. 475g.