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Nobuyoshi ARAKI "Tokyo Blues 1977" 2013 Photobook Ltd Ed 500


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Nobuyoshi ARAKI, photographer. "Tokyo Blues 1977.” Tokyo: TIG, 2013, First Edition, PB, clear acetate dj, 19 x 24 cm, 48 pp, 43 b/w reproductions, Edition Limited to 500 Copies.

"Araki, who has continuously produced very personal photographic works, produced as a result of his thick involvement with his subjects, has published books dealing with the latent fictitious nature of photographs since the 1970s. In Nobuyoshi Araki’s Pseudo – Reportage (1980), he added documentary-like, yet partly false texts to his photographic images. In Nobuyoshi Araki’s Pseudo – Diary (1980), he used the camera’s dating function to print false dates on his images. “Tokyo Blues” is a ‘made-up’ documentary that begins with a woman from Kyushu, whom Araki met. She moves from her hometown to Tokyo. Araki felt the women he encountered and their pasts were ‘blues’-like, became attached to their ‘performances,’ and ‘reproduced’ them. In his 1978 book Dramatic Shooting: Actresses he writes, “Behind the dictionary’s back, I once called women, who had a presence that was more than real, ‘actresses.’ In fact, however, all women are more than real. Each and every one of them is ‘the actual thing.’ All women are therefore actresses.”--publisher

Catalogue accompanying the re-discovery and re-exhibition of 26 selected vintage prints from “Tokyo Blues” - an exhibition originally held at the Nikon Salon in 1977. A fine collection of vintage nudes and a welcome respite from the painted photos that have obsessed Araki during the last decade.

Condition: Excellent.

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