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* Seiu ITO (Seiyo ITOH) "Seme-e no Onna" 1996 Photobook Kinbaku

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Seiu ITO (Seiyu ITOH), photographer. "Seme-e no Onna." Japan: Shinchosha Photo Musee, 1996, PB, 20 cm x 15 cm, 144 pp, b/w photos, text in Japanese.

Number 7 on "Master K"s list of the 10 Greatest Kinbaku Photography Books Ever Published at thebeautyofkinbaku site: "This museum quality paperback is the finest collection of Itoh Seiyu's remarkable photographic work from the early postwar years. As the "father" of modern Kinbaku, Itoh's influence on the art form was immense (he first began publishing his art and photos in the early 20th century) and when this is added to his status as a truly controversial artistic figure in Japan any book of his photographic work must be included on any Kinbaku photo book "best of" list. The numerous black-and-white photos in this book reveal Itoh as both an artist and researcher as they record his explorations and study of the martial art of hojojutsu, the forerunner of modern Kinbaku, as well as various Edo era "punishment" techniques. There is also a nice selection of his photographic collage work."

Seiu ITO (also romanized as Seiyu ITOH) (1882-1961) was a Japanese painter recognized today as the father of modern kinbaku art. Ito's fame is such that his life was the subject of director Noboru Tanaka's 1977 Nikkatsu Roman Poruno film Beauty's Exotic Dance: Torture!, the final entry in his Showa Era trilogy. In 1919, Ito hired Sahara Kise, a young art school model. They were soon living together, and after she became pregnant Kise became Ito's wife. Ito's typical working technique was to bind his wife, pose her in imitation of famous erotic ukiyoe scenes, photograph her in lengthy sessions and then use the photographs as the basis for his paintings. The most notorious instance of this was when he suspended his pregnant wife upside down for an artwork based on Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's famed ukiyoe print The Lonely House on Adachi Moor. Ito's efforts to revive shiban art at first earned him recognition, popularity and even a kind of respectability. In 1924 he and his wife were even featured in the national mainstream magazine Sunday Mainichi. When the censors cracked down on art in the 1930s, Ito's fortunes declined and he was left destitute during the war years. When the war ended Ito was 63, yet he took advantage of the postwar liberalization, energetically turning out numerous art works in various forms, exploring erotic themes of varying degrees of the bizarre.

Condition: Very Good, with obi, very slightly bumped lower corner.

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