Daido Moriyama: Kyoku / Erotica [SIGNED]
Publisher: Tokyo: The Asahi Shimbun, 2007
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
Condition: New / New
Item #: 106407
First edition, first printing. Boldly signed (in kanji and English) in black marker on the third page by Moriyama. Soft cover. Silver laminated wrappers with title printed in black and white on cover and spine, with a white laminated dust jacket with title printed in black and silver on cover and spine and a 3-3/8-inch printed silver obi/wrap-around band. Photographs by Daido Moriyama. Text (in Japanese and English) by Akasaka Hideto. Includes a chronology (in Japanese). Designed by Satoshi Machiguchi. Unpaginated (232 pp.), with 130 full-bleed black-and-white plates (most are printed as 2-page spreads). 11-1/2 x 9 inches.
While the title may be at first misleading (in the sense that the images here contain no conventionally sexual erotica), Moriyama's signature work is nonetheless maximally imbued with sensuality--for the contemporary, global, urban landscape and the dizzying way we experience it through his lens. Page after unrelenting page, Daido's images transport us across space and time, from Asian megalopolises to those in the Americas and Europe, from the literal gutter to 40,000 feet, and through five decades of history. Like the best erotica, one doesn't merely look at Moriyama's imagery; rather, one feels it in a deliciously vertiginous way.