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Shotaro AKIYAMA "Naked Portraits" 1979 Photobook Sonorama Edition #23


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Shotaro AKIYAMA, photographer. “Sonorama Shashin Sensho 23: Hadaka hadaka ran" - "Sonorama Photobook Series 23: Naked Portraits.” Tatsuo SHIRAI, essay. Japan: Asahi Sonorama, 1979, First Edition, HB, dj, 21 cm x 22 cm, 120 pp, b/w photos, text in Japanese & English.

"Shotaro is best known as a glamor and celebrity photographer. He has photographed almost every important star of screen and stage since the end of WWII. With more than a hint of Sam Haskins, Akiyama anticipates later trends in erotic photography in Japan."--Photo-eye.

"After the war Akiyama went to work for the photography section of the movie magazine Kindai Eiga... he began to center his photography on actresses and nude dancers, and to turn out women's photographs of true uniqueness. The use of strong lighting on the hands or face and the use of a black backdrop from which the model stands out in bold relief characterize the pictures of this period. The works introduced here include nudes dating from Akiyama's earliest work as well as recent photographs. Characteristic of Akiyama's nude photographs are the effective use of light and shadow and the extreme beauty of the curved lines. Drawing on his long years of experience doing women's portrait photographs, Akiyama molds the elements of line, mass, and the light and shadow to effectively express the fascination of the feminine. In this he sharply contrasts with a number of younger artists who are linking nude photography to human sexuality with the aim of breaking down and destroying accepted conventions..."--Tatsuo Shirai, book notes.

Condition: Very Good.

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