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Hiroshi NONAMI "Mousa" 2005 Photobook

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Hiroshi NONAMI, photographer. "Mousa." Japan: art space K, 2005, First Edition, second printing, PB, dj, as issued, 33 cm x 26 cm, 104 pp, color photos.

Every two or three years Nonami produces a photobook of his highly-crafted, surreal, gothic, dream-visions of beautiful women, from the faery-like to the statuesque. First there was "Abyss", followed by "Eureka", "Chaos" and "Esumi". Amazingly, Nonami uses no digital manipulation whatsoever - all of his images are hand-made with a variety of dark-room techniques. His imagination leads him to experiment wildly - letting mold grow on the film to create stained patterns, for instance - and despite the controlled compositions of his subjects, eventual results have elements of fortuitous happenstance.

Nonami was born in 1954 Matsue City, in the Shimane Prefecture of Japan, Nonami graduated from the Osaka Photography Academy in 1974 and founded his Studio No-ah in 1979. His popular photobooks of the star music group "Luna Sea" and the actress Makiko ESUMI increased his fame, leading to exhibitions in Japan and Europe.

Condition: Very Good.

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