Machi. Photographs by Yutaka Takanashi. Tokyo, 1977. Unpaged. Folio. White cloth with inset printed paper labels. 12 pp. location map with laid-in (text in Japanese). Original acetate jacket. Cardboard slipcase with printed paper labels (not shown). Numerous full-page and fold-out color reproductions. Also laid in is an announcement card for Takanahi's 1983 exhibition at the Zeit-Foto Salon in Tokyo plus the publisher's insert.
Along with Daido Moriyama and others, Yutaka Takanashi founded the short-lived but enormously influential group Provoke in 1968. This rare volume is a follow-up to his 1974 masterpiece To the City (recently re-presented in the Errata Editions Books on Books series). Prior to his involvement with Provoke, Takanashi was a leading commercial photographer at the Japan Design Center.
Fulfilling the aim of Provoke to "capture...the shards of reality that existing language cannot possibly grasp, and to aggressively confront language and confront thought with a variety of data," Takanashi's fragmented color compositions capture the multi-layered reality of Tokyo through unexpected juxtapositions and dramatic lighting. Bold shadows and an intensely moody color palette highlight a plenitude of contemporary detail--signage, products, cars, but never people--in Tokyo neighborhoods that were soon to disappear in the economic boom of the 1980s. Picture the compositions of Friedlander with the searching eyes of Evans and Atget and you come close to the look and feel of Takanashi's images of Tokyo. A brilliant book!!
An unusually bright copy; Fine- in Fine acetate and Fine- slipcase; upper corner very lightly 'pushed'; crown of spine slightly 'puckered'; horizontal tear to one end of slipcase.