Publisher: Tokyo: Bungei Shunju, 1988
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
Condition: Near Fine / Near Fine
Item #: 110936
First edition, first printing. Soft cover. Printed black-and-white wrappers; with printed dust jacket (missing obi). Photographs and text (in Japanese and English) by George Hashiguchi. Includes extended captions to the plates (in Japanese). Unpaginated, with 90 duotone plates. 11-7/8 x 11-7/8 inches. [Cited in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006).] Scarce.
Near Fine (leading edge of front cover is curled in the center, else Fine), in Near Fine dust jacket (sunning to the spine and adjacent areas of the front and rear panels, else Fine; missing obi.).
From Richard Chalfen: "Hashiguchi's work includes portrait photography [and] images that are accompanied by written transcriptions of a series of questions answered by his subjects. Working like a sociological ethnographer with a survey approach, he produces a unique overview, one that integrates the urban and rural, ranges of education and affluence. These themes are united by serious attention to the individual's place in everyday Japanese contemporary life...[his] most valuable contribution to much Western thinking is contained in the scope of his choices of people and their geographic locations -- to present readers with a sense of considerable socio-cultural diversity in light of stereotypic reductions of Japan as a homogeneous entity."