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Seiji KURATA "Shashin Workshop No. 8" 1976 Photobook


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Seiji KURATA, photographer. "Shashin Workshop No. 8.” Japan: Shashin Workshop Group, 1976, First Edition, PB, 72 pp, 28 x 14 cm, b/w photos, text in Japanese.

Six Photographers are listed on the cover: Seiji Kurata, Nobuyoshi Araki, Shomei Tomatsu, Masahisa Fukase, Eikoh Hosoe, Daido Moriyama. But this volume from the scarce Workshop Group Series is given entirely to Seiji Kurata. A number of his otherwise unpublished photos plus photos that would later appear in his famed photobook "Flash-Up."

"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: A band of humidity/foxing spots at the top and bottom. Otherwise a Very Good+ copy, clean interior pages, very little signs of handling.

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