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Yoshikazu SUZUKI & Shohachi KIMURA “Ginza Kaiwai & Ginza Haccho” 1954 Photobook

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Yoshikazu SUZUKI & Shohachi KIMURA, photographer & artist. “Ginza Kaiwai & Ginza Haccho.” Japan: Toho Shobo, 1954, First Edition, 19 cm x 18 cm, original shipping carton with printed label, publisher's original flier.

Two volumes: "Ginza Haccho": 334pp, HB, tipped-on cover illustration, glassine dj, b/w illustrations, text, and a 2-page color woodblock print, rice paper over boards slipcase with printed labels. "Ginza Kaiwai": HB, b/w photo panorama with continuous accordion fold, (no dj as issued), texts in Japanese.

"This rare title, better known as the 'Japanese Every Building on Sunset Strip' presents the famous Japanese thoroughfare in exactly the same sequential manner as Ruscha's iconic work, yet predates it by over a decade! The first volume contains photos, descriptions, illustrations and history of the buildings along the Ginza. The second contains the accordion-fold panorama. A copy of Ginza Kaiwai. Ginza Haccho recently sold at auction for over $8000!"--Photo-eye (where a copy of this book sold for 2800$ in 2010).

"An extraordinary and charming production: The work is ostensibly an illustrated history of the Ginza, one of the most upmarket shopping districts of Tokyo. The name is derived from a silver-coin mint which was located here during the Edo period. In the Meiji era it was developed as a shopping and entertainment district with a Western flair and became famous for its department stores, bars, and coffeehouses during the early 20th century. Large parts were destroyed during the firebombing in 1945. However, Tokyoites retained their affection for the place and it was soon rebuilt. Of particular interest is the panorama which accompanies the book recording every building on Ginza 8-chome from Shinbashi bridge to Kyobashi bridge. The photographer Suzuki Yoshikazu worked from November 1953 until spring of the following year to take over 200 images having to make sure that weather and light conditions would be more or less the same in order not to affect the overall homogeneity of the panorama. Interestingly, Suzuki added an element of photomontage, placing extra cars (and possibly pedestrians) at intersections to heighten the sense of drama. In 1966 Edward Ruscha undertook a similar project in Every Building on the Sunset Strip."--Maggs

Condition: The two books are very good, including the slipcase. The cardboard outer box is fine but has no label.

Shipping costs: International EMS (express mail service) delivery estimated within 2-4 days - $35.00. Shipping weight: approx. 1275g.

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