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Kamaitachi (Signed and numbered)

Eikoh Hosoe, Shuzo Takiguchi, Toyoichiro Miyoshi

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ISBN 10: 1931788804 / ISBN 13: 9781931788809
Published by Aperture, 2005
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Kamaitachi (Signed and numbered) ISBN 1931788804 a narrative series of photographs by Eikoh Hosoe of a dance / drama with Butoh dancer Tasumi Hijikata. The photographs refer to stories of a supernatural being, a weasel-sickle, that haunted the Japanese countryside of Hosoe's childhood. For Hosoe, the story is both mythical and autobiographical. Originally published in 1969 in an edition of 1000, long out of print. This is the first publication since. A delux, signed and numbered edition of 500. A hardcover book designed by Ikko Tanaka in a clamshell box by Taddanori Yohoo. Preface by Shuzo Takiguchi and poem by Toyoichiro Miyoshi, both in Japanese and English. Unpaginated, 41 two-page gatefolds. Book 15" x 12". Clamshell Box 16" x 12 7/8". A stunning production. New. Foreign shippments will require significant extra postage. Bookseller Inventory # AA238

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Title: Kamaitachi (Signed and numbered)

Publisher: Aperture

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: new

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Fans of Japanese culture, for a little more than the cost of the prix-fixe sushi dinner at New York restaurant Masa, you can own one of the classics of Japanese photography. More than 35 years after it first appeared, Kamaitachi, a long out-of-print masterwork by Japanese photographer Eikoh Hosoe, gets its first publication outside Japan. Not just a reprint but a recreation in collaboration with the photographer and in homage to the innovative original, this limited edition holds 40 black-and-white tritone images, each of which receives the scope of a gatefold. Slipcased and protected by a clamshell box, the book is not just a publication but an objet d'art in itself. Hosoe was known for pushing the boundaries of traditional photography through his interactions with important Japanese artists such as Butoh dancer Tasumi Hijikata and novelist Yukio Mishima. In Kamaitachi, he sought to recapture, with choreographic style, some of the lost landscapes and images of his childhood experience in the closing years of World War II.

Signed and numbered edition of 500 copies.

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Eikoh Hosoe was born in the Yamagata Prefecture of Japan in 1933. Today he remains one of Japan's most important artists, not only for his own work but also as a teacher and as an ambassador fostering artistic exchange between Japan and the outside world. He is the founder and director of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts and professor of photography at the Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics. Hosoe lives in Tokyo and is represented by the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York.

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