Publisher: Tokyo: Fukushu-Shudan, Geribara Five (The Diarrhea-Gut Reproductive Collective of 5), 1971
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 109771
First edition, first printing. Soft cover. Photographically illustrated wrappers. Photographs by Nobuyoshi Araki, Yoshio Takese, Koji Yaehata, Naohosia Tabogami, Fukuo Ikeda and Tomoko Kamiguchi ("Miss Geribara"). Unpaginated (104 pp.), with 300 black and white illustrations. 10 x 7-1/4 inches.
[Cited in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume I. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2004).]
Fine. A rare Near Mint copy.
The second provocative book in a trilogy published by Geribara 5, a small avant-garde collective formed following the dissolution of the Provoke group.
An excerpt from "The Photobook: A History, Volume I" by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger: "Mizugi no Yangu Redii-Tachi (Young Ladies in Bathing Suits), is equally controversial [as Benjo (Toilet), the Geribara 5's first book]. It is a strictly Conceptual book, each page containing a trio of three-quarter-length portraits of teenage girls on the beach, the majority posing somewhat self-consciously for the camera. The sheer repetitiveness of these bland images tells us much about the homogeneity of teenage culture, but that is not the controversial aspect. Beneath [or above] each photograph is the girl's address and telephone number, printed in facsimile handwriting. The inevitable invasion of privacy inherent in the process of taking and publishing pictures is one thing. If the personal details...were valid [which, according to Araki, approximately one-half were], the book raises issues that go beyond imagistic representation into areas verging on abuse and sexual harassment."