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TOKIWA, Toyoko

Published by Mikasa Shobo, Tokyo (1957)

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About this Item: Mikasa Shobo, Tokyo, 1957. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First edition, first printing (October 20, 1957). Hardcover. Red leatherette-covered boards with title stamped in gold on spine; with photographically illustrated dust jacket (missing obi). Photographs by Toyoko Tokiwa. Text in Japanese. 250 pp., with 70 black-and-white illustrations. 7-3/8 x 5-1/4 inches. Near Fine (pronounced toning to the text pages, moderate shelf wear, binding tight, plates clean), in Near Fine dust jacket (missing obi, moderate interior foxing, several 1/16-1/8-inch closed tears and chips to the extremities, 1/2-inch closed tear to front cover at heel of spine). The suggestive title of this work, variously translated as "Dangerous Fruitless Flowers" or "Dangerous Poisonous Flowers," is slang for prostitutes, who are among the subjects depicted here. But given Tokiwa's interest in photographing working women of all kinds (she also produced at television series on the topic during the 1960s), one is tempted to glean a broader understanding of the phrase as referencing anxiety about women's changing societal roles.From The History of Japanese Photography: "Born in Yokohama in 1930, Tokiwa began photographing in the early 1950s, joining a women's amateur photography group and working in the realist style. Tokiwa's first solo exhibition, Working Women (1956), depicted women in a variety of professions, including professional wrestlers, models, nurses and prostitutes. This latter group, Tokiwa's most provocative subject, was primarily photographed in the red-light district near a major Yokohama U.S. military base. This exhibition underlined the importance Tokiwa would place on women's issues throughout her career. Tokiwa participated in the first influential Eyes of Ten exhibition in 1957, and her work appeared regularly in prominent Japanese photography magazines throughout the 1950s-1970s.". Seller Inventory # 106226

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Dangerous Poisonous Flowers - Kiken na Dokubana: Toyoko Tokiwa

Toyoko Tokiwa

Published by Mikasa Shobo, Tokyo (1957)

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From: AboveParBooks (Tokyo, Japan)

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About this Item: Mikasa Shobo, Tokyo, 1957. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Kiken na Dokubana ("Dangerous Poinsonous Flowers"), Toyoko Tokiwa, Mikasa Shobo, Tokyo, 1957, first edition/first printing. Octavo, text and B&W photographs, original jacket and obi, original clear outer cover. Early work by a female Japanese photographer, photographing women in various locations, professional wrestlers, models (nudes), in a clinic; with American GIs. Compelling images--an influence on Miyako Ishiuchi? Rare first edition, first printing. This title was issued with a clear outer cover; the clear cover is lacking completely (or in poor shape) in most copies of this title that appear on the aftermarket. This copy is complete with the clear outer cover. As nice a copy as I have ever seen--if you are looking for an example of this work in top condition, this copy is recommended. Condition: Jacket has one small nick to the rear otherwise complete and in good shape, obi complete and in good shape, inner text pages have age-related toning, but otherwise in good condition. clear outer cover complete. Feel free to be in touch with any questions. Thanks for looking, and keep an eye out for other interesting books to come. Seller Inventory # ABE-1907340255

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