1998/2002. First edition (limited edition published in 2002). Limited deluxe edition of 100 copies, hand-numbered and signed in black marker on the first page by Yamamoto, with a toned and hand-altered original gelatin silver print (4 1/4 x 1 7/8 inches, signed in black marker on verso by Yamamoto with a red Japanese signature stamp, print edition 100). Physical alterations to the prints, including creasing and light application of gold paint, were intentionally made by the artist. As such, each print is unique. Hardcover. Fine black linen cloth, with title stamped in glossy black ink on front cover and spine (this hardcover version was only published for this deluxe edition), no dust jacket as issued. The print and book rest in individual 'compartments' of varying depth inside a much larger deluxe custom-made clamshell case (13 3/4 x 16 x1 1/2 inches), with title blind-stamped on front cover. The clamshell case is bound in fine purple cloth on the inside and outside, with fine black cloth covering the sides. The book and print can be lifted from their recessed compartments with attached black ribbons. The beautiful design of the clamshell case, specifically the depth and separation of book and print, mirror the 'Ku' (which means "emptiness" in Japanese) between the images -- the sequencing and spacing -- which are powerful as the formal and physical qualities of the individual images. Photographs by Masao Yamamoto. Texts (in English and Japanese) by Shintaro Ajioka (English translation by Yumiko Urae) and Hiromi Nakamura, Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (English translation by Lisa Louis and Hitoshi Shigeta), in a separate 10-page folding insert. 112 pp. with 80 four-color plates, on lush Italian paper. 9 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches.
CONDITION: New in publisher's original packaging (book and clamshell box in flawless, pristine condition; print with Yamamoto's unique and characteristic imperfections, such as creases, stains, tears and abrasions that are the result of the artist's working method, in which he subjects the prints to wear and tear to create a record of intimacy and individual experience).
From the publisher: "The photographs of Japanese artist Masao Yamamoto remind one of postcards or snapshots, records of intimate moments that are at once fleeting and eternal, private and universal. Bent, frayed and stained, the jewel-like prints -- most of which are small enough to fit into the palm of a hand -- transcend their medium and become more than their subject."