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Michael Kenna: Japan (First Printing) [SIGNED] [IMPERFECT]

Publisher: Tucson, Arizona: Nazraeli Press, 2003
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 1590050436
Condition: Very Good / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 113569

$450.00 save 40% $270.00


First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink on the half title page by Kenna. Hardcover. Fine red silk with title stamped in white on front cover and in black on spine. This exquisitely produced book is enclosed in a black silk-covered Japanese-style hand-made three-sided hinged case, with debossed Japanese characters on the front (the case folds out when the 'bone-like' clasps are removed). Three-sided hinged case size is 12-7/8 x 12-3/8 inches, book size is 12-7/8 x 12 inches. Photographs by Michael Kenna. Introduction by Kohtaro Iizawa (in Japanese and English). Designed by Hideyuki Taguchi and Chris Pichler. Unpaginated (108 pp.), with 93 tritone plates reproduced 1:1 from original sepia-toned gelatin silver prints, beautifully printed on heavy fine art matte paper. Published to coincide with a number of exhibitions in Japan and the United States, opening in 2003 at the Robert Mann Gallery in New York. This first printing was limited to 4000 hardbound copies. Out of print.


Very Good (book and black silk-covered hinged case are bumped in upper-right corner affecting one-third of the text block).


From the publisher: "'[Kenna] has been reflective when others have been militant, romantic when others have been skeptical. Such isolation can starve all but the most independent of talents, but for these it can provide a sanctuary where visions can develop undisturbed. Kenna is one of these.'--Joanna Pitman, The Times (London) Michael Kenna's photographs have long inspired words such as mysterious, elegant, and hauntingly beautiful -- adjectives that likewise describe the Japanese landscape. The photographs in Kenna's important new monograph, Japan, are the result of an ideal pairing of artist and subject. Kenna has had a large following in Japan ever since his first exhibition there in 1987. His many subsequent exhibitions and publications in Japan have provided him with ample opportunities to visit and photograph. During the past several years, as this project began to take shape, Kenna's trips became more frequent and intense. The resulting images are stunning."