Ikonta Story. Photographs by Nobuyoshi Araki. Byakuya Shobo, 1981. Unpaged. Small quarto. First edition. Hardbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Printed obi (belly band). Black-and-white reproductions.
The images in this scarce 1981 Araki book were all taken with an Ikonta camera (pictured on the dust jacket) from his father's collection.
On the pages the 2 1/4 inch frames are reproduced in a grid layout, emphasizing the sequential nature of Araki's working process and giving the whole a cinematic feel. With its stupendous jacket design, this uncommon book that deserves a place among the handful of essential Araki titles.
Touch of fading to upper board edges; otherwise Fine. Jacket and belly band are Near Fine+ with some light soiling and shelf wear; one tiny tear (1/8") to belly band.