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Yukichi WATABE "Alaska Eskimo" 1979 Photobook Sonorama #20

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Yukichi WATABE, photographer. "Sonorama Shashin Sensho 20: Arasuka esukimo" - "Alaska Eskimo." Japan: Asahi Sonorama, 1979, First Edition, OOP, HB, dj, as issued, 21 cm x 22 cm, 120 pp, b/w photos, text in Japanese and English.

Volume #20 from the famed Sonorama series of Japanese Photographers. The Sonorama series included works from almost every great name in Japanese Photography including Eikoh Hosoe, Hajime Sawatari, Nobuyoshi Araki, Diado Moriyama, Masahisa Fukase, Ikko Narahara, Masaya Nakamura, Shoji Ueda, Kikuji Kawada, Tomatsu Shomei and more. The recent success of Watabe's A Criminal Investigation has reinvigorated interest in all of Watabe's work and this has now become one of the scarcer titles from the series.

The photographs in this book were taken in 1962, when Watabe, working for the publisher Heibonsha, accompanied a research group from Meiji University led by the ethnologist Oka Masao. Some of the photographs would appear in the first issue of Heibonsha’s magazine Taiyo. The book is divided into three sections: Part I — Inland Eskimo (Anaktuvuk Pass); Part II — Coast Eskimo (Point Barrow); Part III — Whaling Feast (Point Hope).

Biography: Yukichi Watabe was born in 1924 in Sakata City, Yamagata Prefecture, deep in the heart of Snow Country on the Northwest Coast of Honshu Island. Ken Domon, one of the most important photographers in Japanese History was also born in Sakata City and his influence was inescapable on Watabe. Events during and after WWII led him from working in a camera factory to a career as a photojournalist with practically no study or apprenticeship. Shotaru Akiyama and Shigeru Tamura were important mentors at this time. Though now known mostly for his photographs of people throughout the world, Watabe's first trip abroad was not until 1960, a decade after his work was appearing regularly in monthly photography magazines. Aside from his famed photos of the Alaskan Eskimo, Watabe's most well-known work features Morocco as well as other African countries and his Stained Glass series taken in the Cathedrals of Europe. Recently, Watabe achieved his greatest international success with the publishing of A Criminal Investigation, which has been chosen on numerous Best-Books-of-2011 Lists.

Condition: Very Good; unusually clean interior; binding is tight.

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