Publisher: Tokyo: Treville Co., Ltd., 1994
Edition: 2nd Edition
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 105777
1994/1995. Second edition. Signed, dated and inscribed "To David, with best regards, Michael Kenna Dec 1, '95" in black in on the half-title page by Kenna. Hardcover. Fine aubergine cloth-covered boards with debossed title on cover and spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Michael Kenna. Essay (in English and Japanese) by Peter C. Bunnell. Foreword (in English and Japanese) by Ruth Bernhard. Includes a brief biography, selected exhibition history, selected bibliography, selected collections and a laid-in 4 pp. booklet with a list of plates. Designed by Hideyuki Taguchi and Keisuke Saka (RAM). Unpaginated (170 pp.), with 130 duotone plates beautifully printed in Japan by Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. 12 x 11-1/2 inches.
Fine in Fine dust jacket.
From the essay by Peter C. Bunnell: "What do the stark shapes, ominous skies, and the patina of tone symbolize throughout this twenty-year body of work? What is the attitude of this photographer to his time, his place, his chronology? Is there something in these pictures about self-deception, darkness versus light, or lie versus truth? While personal emotions are freely expressed, what are they about? Nostalgia, failed values? Does Kenna apprehend something gone astray in today's world; a misplaced key to progress, a society and its places that have lost the sense of their being? His pictures have an atmosphere of the elegiac, of a vague disturbance, as if he were brooding on a sense of remembrance, where night becomes day, and day night. In his way he seems driven to make sure his rootedness is not in the here and now, but in what the past tells us of the present, what a social conscience can be like when given the freedom not to be merely critical, but to make a plea for rightness."