Yurie Nagashima. Art Direction by Noriyuki Tanaka. Fuga Shobo, Tokyo, 1995. Unpaged. Oblong quarto. First edition. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. Printed obi (belly band). Color reproductions.
Yurie Nagashima has won great acclaim for her startlingly intimate self-portraits and portrayals of family life, in which she has photographed herself and her family in the nude. Sure, such subject matter and approach are common enough these days, but for a Japanese woman in the mid-nineties these strategies created quite a sensation. She received the prestigious Kimura Ihei award (sharing it with Mika Ninagawa and Hiromix) in 1992 and the Parco Award a year later, both while still in college. She and Hiromix were acknowledged as the first "girl photographers" (onna no ko shashinka) and went on to inspire a new generation of young female image makers (following their success, enrollment of women in photo programs rose to about 50%!). Though both Hiromix and Nagashima work in highly autobiographical modes (think Nan Goldin), the former went on to concentrate much more on commercial and celebrity work.
A scarce book documenting a very important and influential body of work.
A bit of wear to corners; fore-edges of obi worn with two tiny tears; remainder mark to lower page edges (common in copies of this title that are in fine condition).