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Takeji IWAMIYA "Sado" 1962 Photobook SIGNED & Numbered Ltd Ed 2000

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Takeji IWAMIYA, photographer. "Sado." Tokyo: Asahi Shimbunsha, 1962, First Edition, HB, dj, slipcase, 35 cm x 27 cm, Approx. 150 pp, 90 images - about half of which are double-page b/w gravure with the remainder mostly single-page b/w gravure and completed by a handful or color reproductions. Includes map, locations and photo data, text in Japanese. Signed and numbered by the photographer in an edition of 2000.

"Iwamiya is probably best known as one of Daido Moriyama's teachers. However, as a documentarian of traditional Japanese culture and craft--gardens, temples, sculptures, and the like--he has virtually no equal... Iwamiya's images of the isolated island of Sado focus on the unusually harsh conditions endured by the people who live there. With a haunting and melancholy tone, they brilliantly convey the simplicity of life there and the appearance of both natural and traditionally crafted objects."--Photo-eye.

Despite the humble plain slipcase and book cover, the interior reveals a stark masterpiece, very rare. Later, this book would be the basis for the second volume of the famed Sonorama series. The color photos in this first edition were printed in b/w in the later book and there is no comparing the size and paper quality of this first edition - the richness of the photo gravure printing is spectacular.

Condition: Very Good, with slipcase. Numbered and Signed by the Photographer. Book and Slipcase have clear plastic protectors.

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