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Masao Mochizuki: Television 1975-1976 [SIGNED]

Publisher: Tokyo: SNAP-Sha, in association with Yugensha (Kazuhiko Motomura), 2001
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 4990096401
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 101752



First edition, first printing. Signed by Mochizuki in silver ink verso the black front free endpaper, and in kanji in black ink on the colophon page. Hardcover. Fine black cloth-covered boards, with title blind-stamped on front cover and spine, no dust jacket as issued, and enclosed in a white cardboard slipcase with title printed in black on pasted-on beige label. Photographs and text (in English and Japanese) by Masao Mochizuki. Essay (in English and Japanese) by Eikoh Ikui. Includes list of plates. Designed by Daisuke Suzuki. Unpaginated (80 pp.), with 82 black and white plates, most full-bleed (and a thumbnail black and white illustration of Mochizuki's modified Mamiya Flex C-2 camera on the colophon page), printed with Hyecoo Highconc Black L ink on White A Post paper. 15-1/4 x 14-3/4 inches. This first edition was limited to 1800 hardbound copies.


New (opened only for signature) in New slipcase.


A stunning array of still photographs taken by Mochizuki directly from his black and white television using a modified camera, which enabled him to capture up to 35 exposures on one 6 x 6 cm frame of film, are here presented in grids that resemble contact sheets. However, the slight overlap of individual exposures suggests the fleeting nature of the moving image, and the evasiveness of the information contained therein. As much a meditation on television culture as it is a document of specific moments, the aggregate imagery, taken over the course of one year, comprises a virtual time capsule of mid-1970s television events, with subjects including the U.S. pullout of Saigon, the Apollo-Soyuz mission, sporting events, politics, film, and local news.