Daido Moriyama: Memories of a Dog (Ltd. Ed.) + Record No. 1-5 + Kuchibiru -- 3 Books, ALL SIGNED
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Record No. 1-5 [Kiroku No. 1-5] Complete Reprint Edition. Photographs and text (in Japanese) by Daido Moriyama. Akio Nagasawa, Tokyo, 2008. Five staple-bound volumes in a custom folio with gray hardcover. SIGNED on verso of cover. Record No. 1: 16 pp.; Record No. 2-4: each 12 pp. (all 11-3/4 x 8-1/4 in.) Full-bleed black-and-white reproductions throughout, printed on heavy paper stock. Record No. 5: 20 pp., with 21 half-tone plates printed on lighter, matt stock paper. (10-3/8 x 7-5/8 in.)
Some stress to joints of folio; otherwise Fine+.

"It was 34 years ago, back in 1972, that I came out with the self-published photo journal 'Kiroku.' At the time, I was busy with all sorts of work for magazines. Partly because of a daily feeling inside that I shouldn't let myself get carried away by it all, I came up with the idea of a small, self-published personal photo journal. Without any ties to work or any fixed topic, I just wanted to continue publishing a 16-page booklet with an arbitrary selection of favorite photos among the pictures I snapped from day to day. By nature, it was directed first and foremost to myself rather than other people. I wanted a simple, basic title, so I called it 'Kiroku' (record). However, the publication of 'Kiroku' sadly ended with issue number five. Now, thanks to the willpower and efforts of Akio Nagasawa, 'Kiroku' the magazine has resumed publication. Or rather, we should call it a fresh publication. With the hope that it will continue this time, I am selfishly thinking of asking Mr. Nagasawa to publish 'Kiroku' at a pace of four issues per year. I happily accept his proposal and look forward now to embarking on a new 'voyage of recording.'". It has been thirty-six years since Moriyama first began with his personal photographic magazine and now the first five issues originally published between 1972 and 1973 have been re-issued through this reprint. Authentically reproduced, with the photographers hallmark, grainy images, the five thin, yet captivating volumes come handsomely packaged in this edition. A valuable slice of early Moriyama that provides a unique insight into an important phase of his development.

Memories of a Dog. Photographs and text by Daido Moriyama. Nazraeli Press, Tucson, 2004. 192pp. Small quarto. Limited edition of 100 copies. SIGNED and numbered on title page. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Printed slipcase. Black-and-white reproductions.
Very Fine.

"Daido Moriyama is without question one of Japan's most important contemporary photographers and it is not surprising that this memoir, first published as a series of essays in Asahi Camera twenty-one years ago, is regarded as a classic in photographic literature. In "Memories of a Dog", Moriyama approaches photography through language, and it is difficult to say which is the more evocative medium. His vividly expressive prose is in perfect harmony with the grainy, black and white images that in turn have a poetry all their own. As both reader and viewer one becomes completely absorbed, and photographs that will always be remarkable are given a new, very personal, layer of meaning. This is an eloquent autobiographical account of the artist's progress through life "--the publisher.

Kuchibiru [Lips]. One Picture Book #39. Photographs by Daido Moriyama. Nazraeli Press, Tucson, 2003. 16 pp. Octavo (5¾x7½ in.). Limited edition of 500 signed and numbered copies (SIGNED on colophon page). Hardbound. No dust jacket as issued. 10 duotone reproductions with one original color print (3 1/4 x 4 1/2 in.)
Very Fine.

Moriyama's first contribution to the One Picture Book series. It sold out prior to release. From Nazraeli:
"Legendary photographer Daido Moriyama has created a One Picture Book featuring photographs he has made over the years of kuchibiru (lips). The subjects range from anonymous women whose likenesses are reproduced on posters, to Daido's own friends and acquaintances."
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