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An edition of 500 copies from Alec Soth's Little Brown Mushroom Books. Photographs of a Japanese businessman touring the US with text by Brad Zellar. A reproduction of the businessman's calling card is tipped in to the front cover. Each book has a different sequence of photos.
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Book Description Little Brown Mushroom, 2011. Hardcover. Condition: NEW. First Edition, First Printing. Saint Paul: Little Brown Mushroom 2011. Hardcover. First Edition, First Printing. Limited edition of 500 individually numbered copies. A collection of 17 tipped-in color photographs, taken by Eizo Ota, the unofficial photographer for a 1972 Japanese delegation that traveled through several major United States cities to study traffic control with Ota's snapshots of early 1970s New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, compiled by Zellar and accompanied by his text. BOOK CONDITION: New/Fine. In the autumn of 1972, a delegation of Japanese police officials visited the United States to study traffic control in several large cities, including New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. The unofficial photographer for the delegation was Eizo Ota, an inspector with the law enforcement department of the Yamanashi Prefecture, and he produced a record of the group's travels that might best be described as forensic tourism. Using Inspector Ota's snapshots as launching points, Brad Zellar plundered traffic manuals, haiku anthologies, the Watergate transcripts, and The Godfather for textual inspiration. The mysterious result is a Zen travelogue through 1972 America. Seller Inventory # 1017