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Keizo Kitajima: Shashin Tokkyubin Tokyo (Photomail from Tokyo) (First Printing, with Black obi) [SIGNED]

Publisher: Tokyo: Paroru-sha, 1979
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
Condition: Fine / Near Fine
Item #: 112815



First edition, first printing (with black obi). Signed in black marker on the first page by Kitajima. Soft cover. Printed wrappers; with photographically illustrated dust jacket and 3-inch obi. Photographs by Keizo Kitajima. Text in Japanese. Includes a bound, folded poster with text and illustrations on one side and a large, two-color reproduction on the other side. Unpaginated (156 pp.), with black-and-white and four-color plates throughout. [Cited in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume III. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2014), and in Ryuichi Kaneko and Ivan Vartanian, Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and '70s. (New York: Aperture, 2009).]


Fine in Near Fine dust jacket and obi (light crumpling to the crown of the jacket spine and slight wear to the extremities of the obi, else Fine).


A fascinating and quintessentially Provoke-style glimpse of the pop cultural mecca that is Tokyo's Shinjuku district.
From Parr and Badger: "The combination of black and white with colour is interesting, because this is a difficult trick to pull off. The tension between Kitajima's flamboyant, contrasty, edgy monochrome and his matter-of-fact, understated colour makes this one of the most distinctive books in the wide bibliography on Shinjuku nightlife."