Pari (Paris). Photographs by Ihei Kimura. Texts by Sasaki, Koji Taki, and Shinji Obkuda. Nora-sha, Tokyo, 1974. 318 pp. Thick quarto. First edition. Hardbound with full white linen. Photo-illustrated paper over cardboard slipcase. 20 pp booklet containing texts laid in. 153 double page color reproductions. NOTE: Slipcase shown in illustration.
Though it was published in 1974, the year Kimura died, the photos in this stunning book date from before 1960. "Paris is notable for two things," write Parr and Badger. "Firstly, it as a distinctive colour palette, composed of cool blues, greys, browns, and purples. Secondly, there is Kimura's view of the city itself, which teeters between conventional travel photography and something much more original...What he appears to have discovered is a residue of Atget's Paris, at a time when the work of the French photographer was much less known to the photographic world than it is now...Kimura's Paris, like Atget's, is a nostalgic one, a city of crumbling textures and decaying structures, of courtyards and back alleys, of autumnal mists and winter gloom..."
Fine- in Near Fine slipcase; just a trace of foxing to boards (none to preliminary pages); slipcase has small area of dampstaining (appx. 1" square) and a horizontal tear at base of its spine; a touch of abrasion along its joint. otherwise very clean.