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Ryuji Miyamoto: Kobe 1995: The Earthquake Revisited (First Edition) [SIGNED]

Publisher: Tokyo: Bearlin and Akira Koyama, in association with Taro Nasu Gallery, 2006
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
ISBN: 4906544843
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 112875



First edition thus (Bearlin and Akira Koyama, 2006), first printing. Signed in black ink on page 3 by Miyamoto. Soft cover. Black cardstock French-fold wrappers with title printed in gray on cover and spine; with matching dust jacket. Photographs by Ryuji Miyamoto. Text (in Japanese and English) by Koji Taki. Designed by Shoichi Akazaki. 88 pp., with 37 duotone plates beautifully printed in Japan. 8-7/8 x 9-5/8 inches.


Fine in Fine dust jacket.


From the essay by Koji Taki: "Miyamoto's calmly photographed images of Kobe in ruins offer a rare opportunity for us to contemplate the city via the annihilation of one particular modern city. Let us not look at these exacting images as mere photodocumentation, but as studies by which to consider the city...At first, like most people who have discussed Ryuji Miyamoto, I considered writing on the fantastic visionary quality of ruins. But as I looked at these photos of Kobe, I quickly realized this was the wrong approach...While I do not deny a certain 'devastation poetic' to Miyamoto's oeuvre, taken as a whole the photographs do not evidence any such gaze toward this Kobe in ruins. His Kobe displays destruction in all its various different aspects -- toppled towers, buildings wrenched up for want of support, rails dangling in mid-air, shops and houses collapsed into alleyways. After several viewings what comes through most vividly in the background amidst all the rubble is the massive destructive force unleashed in a single instant one morning."