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Yoshihiro TATSUKI Tenmei KANOH Tetsuya ICHIMURA "Shashin shu Onna to Otoko" 1971 Photobook


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Tenmei KANOH, Yoshihiro TATSUKI, Tetsuya ICHIMURA, photographers. “Shashin shu: Onna to Otoko - ‘Woman and Man.’” Japan: Ado Angen, 1971, First Edition, PB, dj, 30 cm x 23 cm, Approx. 160 pp, color & b/w photos, Japanese & English text.

An anthology from three important Japanese photographers from the time they were creating their most inspired work. Tatsuki is famous for Eves, Private Mariko Kaga and Girl (from the famous Chuo Koronsha series). Kanoh is famous for his gigantic Shunga book. Ichimura is famous for Salome and Come Up. All of these seminal works in Japanese photography were published in 1970 or 1971 as is this book. The title indicates the uniting theme of the book - couples in erotic scenes. The Tatsuki portion seems the most conventional - luring the observer with romantic soft focus images but then gradually turning the observer into an unwilling voyeur. The other two lean to the bizarre and inscrutable. The Kanoh portion of the book has images from his most important work Shunga - with free-loving, hair-dyed hippies of the era. Kanoh images don't idealize the flower power generation though - his images are more disturbing and fascinating. The Ichimura contribution is truly strange. Much like he did in Come Up, Ichimura sequences erotic images with still life and landscapes - in this case a temple full of its own grotesque images - in a seemingly random manner, but one that subliminally heightens the affect of the individual shots.

Condition: An unusually fresh example - the cover feels virtually new.