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Kamaitachi: Photographs by Eikoh Hosoe, Limited Edition

Publisher: Kyoto and New York: Seigensha Art Publishing and Aperture Foundation, 2005
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 1931788804
Condition: As New / As New
Item #: 112119



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First edition thus (originally published in 1969 in an edition limited to 1000 copies), first printing. Deluxe limited edition of 500 hand-numbered copies (this being #99/500), signed (in kanji) in blue ink by Hosoe and with red ink chop mark on card pasted to inside front cover. Hardcover. White cloth-covered boards printed with black graphics; Japanese title printed in blue on spine, with clear acetate dust jacket with English title printed in blue on front; contained in a photographically illustrated laminated custom clamshell box embellished with bold graphics, designed by Tadanori Yokoo. Photographs by Eikoh Hosoe. Performance by Tatsumi Hijikata. Preface (in Japanese and English) by Shuzo Takiguchi. Poem (in Japanese and English) by Toyoichiro Miyoshi. Book design by Ikko Tanaka. Clamshell design by Tadanori Yokoo. Unpaginated, with 41 two-page gatefolds, with 34 duotone plates printed full-bleed on heavy matte art paper printed in bright blue on one side. Book 15 x 12-1/8 inches; clamshell box 16 x 12-7/8 inches. Out of print. Scarce.


As New in As New dust jacket and clamshell box. An absolutely flawless copy (no corner bumps at all to the clamshell, very common to copies of this edition due to inadequate packing for transit).


From the publisher: "More than 35 years after it first appeared, Kamaitachi, a long out-of-print masterwork by Japanese photographer Eikoh Hosoe, gets its first publication outside Japan. Not just a reprint but a recreation in collaboration with the photographer and in homage to the innovative original...the book is not just a publication but an objet d'art in itself. Hosoe was known for pushing the boundaries of traditional photography through his interactions with important Japanese artists such as Butoh dancer Tasumi Hijikata and novelist Yukio Mishima. In Kamaitachi, he sought to recapture, with choreographic style, some of the lost landscapes and images of his childhood experience in the closing years of World War II."