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Kiyoshi Koishi: Early Summer Nerves, Limited Edition

Publisher: Tucson, Arizona: Nazraeli Press, LLC, in association with Kokusho Kankokai, Tokyo, 2005
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 1590051459
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 101897



First edition thus (originally published in 1932), first printing. Limited edition of 100 numbered copies. Hardcover. Exquisite facsimile volume, with brushed zinc boards printed with title and graphics in black and white; spiral-bound; contained in a custom heavy cardboard box with photographically illustrated front and spine. Photographs and poetry (in Japanese and English) by Kiyoshi Koishi. Texts (in Japanese and English) by Yasuo Koishi, Kotaro Iizawa, Ryuichi Kaneko and Anne Wilkes Tucker. Includes a 12-page booklet with a list of plates and essays (in Japanese and English). Unpaginated (50 pp.), with 10 duotone plates beautifully printed full-bleed on heavy cardstock in Japan by Nozaki Insatsu Shigyo Co., Ltd. Book 14-13/16 x 11-5/8 inches; outer box 15-1/2 x 12-1/8 inches. Out of print. Very scarce.


New in publisher's original packaging.


From the publisher: "In 1933, Japanese photography was highly institutionalized, and pictorialism was the overwhelmingly dominant mode. Kiyoshi Koishi's work was a reaction against this; he explored the new path forged by his European counterparts László Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray, employing their photographic techniques but from a distinctly Japanese perspective. The ten images in this work -- exhibited in Osaka in 1932 and published a year later under the title 'Shoka Shinkei' (Early Summer Nerves) juxtapose movement with stillness, nostalgia with violence, and the appealing fluidity of water and light with the menacing rigidity of steel. Palpable energy and use of modern materials in his photographs reflect Japan's shift to the Modern era, exemplified in the cover of the book, which is made of zinc. Koishi's accompanying poems plead for Nature to have a less diminished place in modern life, but he acknowledges his fascination with 'the birth of something new.' With most copies of 'Shoka Shinkei' having been destroyed through time, the elements and war, we are delighted to offer an absolutely faithful facsimile of this important work. Available in the United States and Europe exclusively through Nazraeli Press, our edition is limited to just 100 numbered copies."