Kiyoshi Suzuki: Mind Games (SIGNED)
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Kiyoshi Suzuki: Mind Games [Tenmaku No Machi]. Yugen-sha, Yokohama, 1982. Unpaged. Small quarto. First and only printing. SIGNED in English on half-title page. Stiff wrappers with additional printed French-fold cover and printed rice paper jacket. Black-and-white reproductions with 6 pp. color, double-folded insert. 11 pp. essay, 'Something Saintly', by Sadayoshi Fukuda, printed on different paper stock at rear (text in English and Japanese).

From Sadayoshi Fukuda's essay:
Photographer Kiyoshi Suzuki's works somehow recall the pleasure of an earlier day. This pleasure first of all requires us to place ourselves in an artificial darkness. The light from the projection room creates images on the screen...images quite different from those of a color film. The darkness is always around them and the figures on the screen seems [sic] to move in strange ways. However, these images tell the audience a great deal; they expand our imaginations. The black-and-wite silent films teach us that light is transformed into words only in the darkness...Mind Games dramatizes the human life shown in Soul and Soul [Suzuki's first book]. Its dominant theme would be, in the artist's own words, that 'our daily life, too, is a circus without epilogue'. In other words, the drama of thes book is rooted in the vicissitudes of a universe tht has neither beginning nor ending."

"[In the 1970's] as in America and Europe, some Japanese photographers were breaking with the 'objective' journalistic or the 'romantic' image. It was a movement that began with Robert Frank and William Klein, with in their wake, for instance, Christer Strömholm and Ed van der Elsken. Suzuki is also part of this tradition, someone who breaks photography open, at the same time subtly uncovering the contradictions in society. His friendship with Robert Frank runs like a thread through Suzuki’s work. This is not so much a matter of style – Suzuki followed his own path – but rather a continual conversation, in the course of which Frank characterizes Suzuki as a warm, open-hearted person who is always able to reduce things to everyday, human proportions. Showing his photographs was never enough for Suzuki. The viewer must become a partner in the process that led to the images. His visual language is understanding, warm and multi-layered. His inimitable way of putting books together, layer upon layer upon layer, became his unique approach."--Machiel Botman, Nooderlicht Festival



Just a bit of edge wear to inner jacket; rice paper jacket shows a trace of rubbing; otherwise Fine/Fine.
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