Yutaka Takanashi: Pre-landscape / Hatsukuni. Pre-landscape/Hatsukuni.
Heibon-Sha, Tokyo,1992. Unpaged. First edition. SIGNED on front free-endpaper and dated, '1993.2.9'. Hardbound in gray boards. Green textured endpapers; Illustrated dust-jacket embossed in silver. Original black and silver obi (belly-band). Black-and-white reproductions.
A rare publication by one of the original Provoke members. Highly recommended! The monograph Yutaka Takanashi. Photography 1965-74 won the Best Historical Book Award at the 2010 Rencontres d’Arles festival.
Takanashi addresses one of the perennial themes in earlier photography--and indeed in the whole history of Modernist art--namely, the uncanniness, anonymity, and occasional fearsomeness of the ordinary in contemporary urban life. Like his other work from this period, the imagery in this book is more coolly objective than his brooding and pessimistic Provoke era masterpiece,Toshi-e: Takanashi's 1980s work is more Lewis Baltz than Daido Moriyama.
Excerpt from a 2009 exhibition review, The Changing Faces of Japan:
"Yutaka Takanashi’s work creates a biographical record of Tokyo and its residents. The world within his viewfinder gives the sense of a greater composition that extends beyond the focal center to include details to the extremities of the frame. Although employing a number of different methodologies his lens is consistently focused on the minutiae amongst the mélange."
Slight tanning around extremities; trace of foxing; otherwise Fine/Fine.