Publisher: Tokyo: MATCH and Company Co., Ltd., Satoshi Machiguchi and Hasako Motoo, 2013
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 111662
First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 1000 stamp-numbered copies (#938/1000), this copy is additionally signed (in English) in black marker on the title page by Moriyama. Hardcover. Iridescent black paper-covered boards with tipped-in four-color plate on front cover and title stamped in black on spine; no dust jacket as issued; contained in a printed brown cardstock slipcase with edition number stamped verso. Photographs by Daido Moriyama. Essay (in English and Japanese) by Hisako Motoo. (The Japanese version of the essay is printed on a laid-in sheet. Art Director and Publisher: Satoshi Machiguchi. Unpaginated, with 35 four-color plates. 12 x 10-3/8 inches.
New in publisher's packaging.
From the essay by Hisako Motoo: "When I began casting about for a fourth MMM title, it was none other than Moriyama himself who suggested we do a book of his unpublished color positives from the 1970s. And in typical fashion, he just handed the designer file pages of actual film strips. Bondage pics he shot one time only at S&M novelist Oniroku Dan's request to make enough money to travel to Europe, since collected in the volume Kagero. Nudes for running in Japanese Playboy back then. Snapshots of glinting neon nighttowns, backside figures walking in train stations seen only once and never again, the thrust-chin sidelong disdainful glance of a woman, scenes drawn to Moriyama's unwavering compass needle.
He drank it all in, with that tough gut of his. And not just fragmentary moments, but forty whole years worth. After several decades film takes on mildewy discolorations until we're peering at scenes through a blur of frosted glass. As if the crisp coating of reality had worn away over time, misting into hazy mirages of memory."