Publisher: St. Paul, Minnesota and Tokyo: Little Brown Mushroom and Goliga Editions (Ivan Vartanian), 2013
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 111577
First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 350 unnumbered copies, with an original Type-C print, "Frank Is Not My Father" (image size 4-1/4 x 3-1/8 inches; paper size 5 x 3-1/2 inches). The print is corner-mounted in a pamplet with text (in English and Japanese) by Alec Soth and signed in black ink by Soth.
The edition consists of a 22-page empty photo album, an 8-page pamphlet (containing the print), 19 loose plates reproducing anonymous photographs, and 12 printed snippets of text (a mix of English and Japanese). Designed by Hans Seeger.
Hardcover. Brown paper-covered boards with embossed title in white and Japanese text printed in black; no dust jacket as issued. 9-1/8 x 6-1/2 inches.
Fine (very faint surface mark to front of album, else As New).
From the publisher: "The Frank Album was produced as an event-based publication in Tokyo, Japan, on September 14th, 2013. Event participants were given a selection of textual and photographic elements to edit and sequence to create an album photobook. Each participant created their own Frank story, making each copy of the edition unique.
Who is Frank? Create your own album of this beguiling westerner traveling in Japan. Each copy of the The Frank Album contains a unique selection of 19 anonymous photographs and 12 texts. In the process of assembling this book, the viewer is asked to question how we piece together our understanding of strangers."