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Publisher: Tokyo: Daiwa Radiator Factory Co., Ltd., and Taro Nasu Gallery, 2006
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 113705
First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink recto the front free endpaper by Matsue. Hardcover. Photographically illustrated laminated metallic paper-covered boards; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Taiji Matsue. Text (in Japanese and English) by Minori Shimuzu. Art direction and design by Hideki Nakajima. 118 pp., with 81 four-color plates beautifully printed on fine glossy paper by Kashimura Co., Ltd., Tokyo. 11-3/4 x 12-1/4 inches.
Matsue's exquisitely detailed, impossibly sharp color aerial photographs of urban and industrial landscapes, forests, golf courses, suburban neighborhoods, highways cutting across farmland, shipping docks and marinas retain all the dense, horizonless texture of his previous black and white work. Yet where Matsue's monochromatic images exude asceticism, his color images burst with an unexpected sensuousness, held in check by artist's rigorous framing and perspective. Matsue holds a degree in Geography, and his intimate understanding of the literal and conceptual representation of place, as well as its attendant social, political, economic and environmental use and impact, give this highly refined work an even greater allure. An astute essay by Minori Shimuzu contextualizes Matsue's singular work along with Emmet Gowin's aerial photographs and the sublime 19th-century work of Carleton Watkins. And like his recent monograph, Taiji Matsue (Ugeyan, 2003), this book is beautifully produced.