Publisher: Berlin: only photography, 2010
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 113117
First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 500 hand-numbered copies (this being #263/500), with the artist's red stamped seal on the colophon page. Hardcover. Photographically illustrated linen cloth-covered boards (the boards for this edition are printed with one of two alternating images), with translucent printed yellow dust jacket; contained in a cardboard slipcase. Photographs by Yutaka Takanashi. Preface (in English, Japanese and German) by Priska Pasquer. Essays (in English, Japanese and German) by Ferdinand Brüggemann and Hitoshi Suzuki. Includes a list of plates illustrated with thumbnails, a chronology, exhibition history and bibliography. Designed by Roland Angst. 116 pp. (with six 2-page gatefolds), with 41 black-and-white plates beautifully printed on heavy matt paper in Germany by Medialis, Offsetdruck GmbH, Berlin. 12-7/8 x 9-3/4 inches.
Fine in Fine dust jacket.
From the publisher: "Yutaka Takanashi belonged to the small group of photographers who launched the magazine Provoke in 1968/69. The magazine had considerable influence on Japanese photography of that period. He was one of the founding members of this group along with the photographer Takuma Nakahira, the critic and photographer Koji Taki, and the theorist Takahiko Okada. Daido Moriyama joined the group during the production of the second issue. As a member of the small Provoke collective, Takanashi was able to find a new theoretical approach and its visual language. The influence of this group and of the magazine on the photographic scene in Japan was immense. Nobuyoshi Araki described Provoke in retrospect as the trigger of an explosion in Japanese photography. In the following years the Provoke photographers produced major works in terms of photographic history, whereby Yutaka Takanashi defined the high point as well as the end of this era with the publication of his first book, Toshi-e (Towards the City), in 1974. This two-part book set new standards in terms of design, materials and craftsmanship. In a compartment behind the larger volume, Toshi-e, one finds an earlier series in the smaller format volume, Tokyo-jin; it seems to have provided the basis for the larger book. The smaller volume is designed to look like a printed notebook on simple paper. This combination is indicative of Takanashi's non-dogmatic treatment of the different visual styles and approaches of the 1960s. While he shows the real Tokyo on the verge of becoming a modern urban society in Tokyo-jin and names the concrete location at which each of the photographs was taken, Toshi-e contains a view of an urban landscape that has no defined location. Our book, Yutaka Takanashi, Photography 1965-74, presents a representative cross-section of these two pioneering photographic series in 35 full-page illustrations and 6 large format plates. An extensive biography, list of exhibitions and a bibliography round off our newest publication." This is the third publication in the publisher's "bibliophiles" series of fine, limited edition photography books.