Shashin Tokkyubin Tokyo (Photomail from Tokyo). Photographs by Keizo Kitajima. Paroru Sha, Tokyo, Japan, 1980. Unpaged. Small quarto. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. Folded in poster tipped in at the front of the book. Illustrated endpapers. Numerous full-page black-and-white and color reproductions. Lacking scarce belly band. |
Keizo Kitajima studied with Daido Moriyama at his Work Shop photography school and showed with him at the Image Shop Camp gallery in Tokyo. As one turns the pages in Photomail from Tokyo images shift from sharp color to grainy, high contrast, blurs (showing the clear influence of Moriyama and the Provoke movement). The seedy side of Tokyo nightlife is juxtaposed with the everyday, with modern Tokyo architecture crowding it all into the frames. A wild, vertiginous ride through Tokyo that never lets up, Photomail from Tokyo holds up favorably to William Klein's New York....
A Fantastic Book!!
Fine in Fine- dust jacket; a few spot of foxing to jacket verso; touch of spine fading; lacking scarce obi.