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Yurie NAGASHIMA "Photobook (Nude Self-Portraits)" 1995 Fuga Shobo

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Yurie NAGASHIMA, photographer (and model). "Yurie Nagashima Photobook." Noriyuki Tanaka, Design. Akira Gomi, Executive Producer. Japan: Fuga Shobo, 1995, First Edition, PB, dj, 19 cm x 30 cm, Approx. 120 pp, color & b/w photos.

Reference: Tucker, History of Japanese Photography, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Kokusai Kōryū Kikin, p. 152.

"Yurie Nagashima has won great acclaim for her startlingly intimate self-portraits and portrayals of family life, in which she has photographed herself and her family in the nude. Sure, such subject matter and approach are common enough these days, but for a Japanese woman in the mid-nineties these strategies created quite a sensation. She received the prestigious Kimura Ihei award (sharing it with Mika Ninagawa and Hiromix) in 1992 and the Parco Award a year later, both while still in college. She and Hiromix were acknowledged as the first "girl photographers" (onna no ko shashinka) and went on to inspire a new generation of young female image makers (following their success, enrollment of women in photo programs rose to about 50%!). Though both Hiromix and Nagashima work in highly autobiographical modes (think Nan Goldin), the former went on to concentrate much more on commercial and celebrity work. A scarce book documenting a very important and influential body of work." ---Photoeye (where this book has sold in auction for $390.

Yurie Nagashima Bio: Along with Hiromix, Yurie Nagashima is one of Japan's best-known young women photographers. From the early 1990s, many young Japanese started to take up photography and photography schools saw large female enrollments. By the mid-'90s, a few stars from this female generation appeared, namely NAGASHIMA Yurie and HIROMIX. Nagashima is considered to be the first "grl photographer" to spearhead the photography boom among young women from the mid-1990s. Her nude self-portraits brought a crush of media attention, something which she had a hard time handling. A slew of other copycat youth started taking nude self-portraits as well. While still in college, Yurie won the Parco Award at the Urbanart #2 contest in 1993 for her nude family portraits which drew much attention. Her first self-titled nude self-portrait photo book was published by now-defunct publishing house Fuga Shobo in 1995, and is now a collector’s item. In 1997, she moved to the US to study and to escape the media attention. She graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in May 1999 with an MFA degree in photography. After living in the US for three years, she returned to Japan to work as a photographer. She exhibited photos of her live-in boyfriend (whom she later married) for the Private Room II exhibition at the Art Tower Mito in the spring of 1999. In December, 2000, she exhibited “Pastime Paradise” at the SCAI Bathhouse in Tokyo.

Condition: Very Good, with obi. Binding is unbent, interior is clean.

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