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* Seiji KURATA "Flash Up" 1980 Photobook 1st Edition with Obi


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Seiji KURATA, photographer. “Flash Up. Street Photo Random Tokyo 1975-1979.” Akira HASEGAWA, text. Japan: Byakuya Shobo, 1980, First Edition, PB, dj, 30 cm x 22 cm, 164 pp, 190 b/w photos, text in Japanese & English.

Reference: The Photobook: A History, Vol. 1, Parr & Badger, p. 305.

"Seiji Kurata, a student of Daido Moriyama, has a unique photographic voice... yakuza, strippers, transvestites, Hell's Angels, members of the ultra-nationalist Black Dragon Society, and ordinary punters living life on the edge for an hour or two... sex, drinking, gambling and a dash of violence to spice the mix in the form of brawls, gang fights and traffic accidents. Kurata, however, makes telling photographs from this mix. He has an unerring instinct for images that suggest stories. They are highly polished, detailed pictures, full of information, and his pioneering technique, using a medium-format camera, was much copied. His tone is distinct, cooler than Moriyama's, similar to Araki's, but focused more on the sociological, like his contemporary, Keizo Kitajima... Kurata's full-on flash style and choice of subject matter has evoked easy comparisons to Weegee, but he remains resolutely his own man."--Parr & Badger, The Photobook: A History, vol. 1.

Condition: Very Good, with Obi, binding is firm and unbent, light signs of handling, lacking the original clear plastic jacket but mercifully free of the warping that plagues many examples of this book caused by jacket shrinkage.

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