First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Black leather-covered boards with tipped-in four-color plate on cover and title (in Japanese) stamped in silver on cover and spine; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Ryoji Akiyama. Text in Japanese. Includes a brief biography and exhibition history. Unpaginated (104 pp.), with 47 four-color plates. 9-5/8 x 8-7/8 inches. Out of print. Very scarce.
CONDITION: Near Fine (some foxing to the last page, corners slightly bumped, else Fine).
Echoes of Eggleston, Friedlander, Levitt, Shore and Winogrand reverberate through the pages of Akiyama's book, which features a compendium of meticulously composed street photography; some are loud and visually dense, while others are contemplative and sparse. Yet all these images evince Akiyama's keen eye for how color, light, composition and timing can make brilliant the mundane and represent the grandiose with a single, poignant detail.