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Yoshihiro TATSUKI "Private: Mariko KAGA" 1971 Photobook

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Yoshihiro TATSUKI, photographer. "Private." Mariko KAGA, model. Japan: 1971, Mainichi Shimbunsha, PB, as issued, 29 cm x 25 cm, Approx. 100 pp, color & b/w photos.

Superb erotic photo collection in the enthusiastic and imaginative style of the late 1960’s. The first volume in the important "Private" series published by Mainichi Shinbun which continued with "Emma" by Shunji OKURA and "Nadia" by Hajime SAWATARI. When this photo book was released Mariko had already starred in at least 15 major Japanese films over the previous decade by important directors like Nagisa OSHIMA, Keisuke KINOSHITA, Ko NAKAHIRA and Masahiro SHINODA, including "Pale Flower", "Snow Country" and "Pleasures of the Flesh". Much of the book was shot in Paris.

"In the Private series, the photographers, through some close connection between photographer and subject, created images in an attempt to reveal something private. The nudes were not only a study but the by-product of an apparent intimate connection between photographer and model. This was a switch from the "nude" to the "naked"."--Kaneko & Vartanian, Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and 70s, p. 174.

Condition: Very Good for this book, actually the best I have seen. Spine is tight and straight, cover and pages have almost no handling signs at all, usual age toning to the cover and end pages, seemingly inevitable with the Private series due to the nature of the printing.

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