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Yasuhiro YOSHIOKA "Yoshioka Yasuhiro Sakuhinshu" 1963 Photobook Ltd Ed

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Yasuhiro YOSHIOKA, photographer. "Yoshioka Yasuhiro Sakuhinshu." Yusuke Nakahara, text; H. Narasaki, design. Japan: Self-published, 1963, HB, clear vinyl dj, 23 cm x 21 cm, 84 pp with one gatefold, 57 images in b/w monotone relief, limited edition.

"The first publication of artist Yasuhiro Yoshioka. A self-published limited edition, the book presents three series of nudes divided into three sections: 'Decomposition and Composition,' 'Metamorphosis Period and Inter-Periodical Phenomenon,' 'Man = Machine.' As his titles make explicit, Yoshioka's treatment of the nude breaks with the traditional preoccupations of beauty and form... recasting the idea of the body within mechanical terms... Yoshioka is ultimately less concerned with photographic expression than he is driven by rhetoric and concept. There is some similarity with Eikoh Hosoe's Man and Woman, wherein the human form is newly refashioned while expressing the immediacy of a sexual connection. But rather than referring to the photography of the period, it is more useful to consider Yoshioka's work in the context of the avant-garde art of the 1960s... Yoshioka's photographs divide the body into shapeless white blobs that are isolated from one another by darkness. In other images, his treatment of the body renders its parts indistinguishable. The book's layout serves to accentuate this effect... Yoshioka made his debut as an artist with his participation in the 1962 Yomiuri Independent... However, Yoshioka's submission to the exhibition - close-up photographs of female genitalia - was charged as obscene and removed from the exhibition... The series of photographs are reproduced in this photobook, but on a gatefold that is perforated close to the spine to allow for easy removal."--Kaneko & Vartanian, Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and 70s, p. 72-75.

"To assimilate the man and his sex into a mechanism, and to try to verify the reaction of the shock which happens between the photographical contingence and the deformation seized by human conscience."--Yoshioka, postscript.

The late 1960's and early 1970's were a fertile time for Yoshioka's artistry, publishing 3 legendary photobooks: Yoshioka Yasuhiro sakuhinshu (1963), Jyuai (1971) and The Garden of Sodom (1971). In addition to his important photography contributions, Yoshioka was the cinematographer for a number of films, including seven betwenn 1967 and 1972 directed by the controversial Nagisa Oshima. A couple of them can be found in the Criterion release "Oshima's Outlaw '60's" - Japanese Summer - Double Suicide and Sinner in Paradise. Yoshioka's first photo book, Yoshioka Yasuhiro Sakuhinshu, came from a time in which he was the still photographer for two of Hiroshi Teshigahara's cinematic masterpieces, Face of Another and Woman in the Dunes. This first photo book is one of the select 40 cited in Kaneko & Vartanian's Japanese Photo Books of the '60s & '70s. So, though Yoshioka produced only three original photo books, his batting average, so to speak, is a thousand - it couldn't have hurt that he was spending all of his time with geniuses of cinema.

Condition: Book is Excellent, interior pages are clean and bright with no signs of handling. Original Acetate is excellent with no losses. The perforated gatefold page is still present as originally created - a rare copy that escaped the censors. Outer cardboard box is good. This must be one of the best copies left in the world.

Shipping costs: International EMS (express mail service) delivery estimated within 2-4 days - $24.00 (USA), $28.00 (Europe). Shipping weight: approx. 950g.

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