Publisher: Portland, Oregon: Nazraeli Press, in association with The Joy of Giving Something, Inc. (JGS), 2006
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 110804
First edition, first printing. Deluxe limited edition of 30 signed and numbered copies, with two original, 7 x 4-7/8-inch color prints (C-prints) mounted at the top edge recto and verso one sheet of 9-1/4 x 6-1/4-inch heavy stock archival paper and enclosed in an archival folding paper enclosure and matching cordovan cloth-covered folio. The prints are signed, dated ('06') and numbered in black marker on verso by Anrakuji. The book is signed in blue ink on the title page by Anrakuji. The book and print folio are enclosed in a cordovan cloth-covered clamshell box with a debossed anthropomorphic design on the cover. Hardcover. Fine cordovan cloth-covered boards with debossed anthropomorphic design on the cover; with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Emi Anrakuji. Unpaginated (60 pp.), with 53 four-color plates finely printed on heavy coated matte paper. 9-3/4 x 6-5/8 inches.
New in publisher's packaging.
From the publisher: "Emi Anrakuji's unsettling self-portraits and other subjects have earned her a growing recognition in her home country, and we are pleased to present her first monograph to be published outside of Japan. The artist represents herself as an alchemist of images and a catalyst for daydreams and desires. The vignettes of jigsaw puzzle-like shots of herself and others blur the boundaries between documentary and staged photography. Posing naked, clothed, or partially dressed, Anrakuji takes a uniquely obsessive interest in her own body. Her legs, arms, hands, toes, lips and hair create arresting compositions and erotic ambience. When she focuses on the opposite sex, it results in equally surprising elaborations on the male anatomy. This obsession with the human body at its most intimate is a result, in part, from her long periods spent hospitalized: after graduating from art school in Tokyo in the mid-1980s, Anrakuji suffered a cerebral tumor that prevented her from making art for more than a decade. During her gradual recovery, she began to make block prints, then photographs. Emi Anrakuji is this year's winner of the prestigious New Photographer Award at the Higashikawa Photography Prize."