Nobuyoshi Araki: Midori . Tankisha, Tokyo, 1982. 64 pp. Small quarto (28.5 x 23 cm) First edition, first printing. Stiff printed wrappers. Saddle Stitched (staple-bound). 27 black-and-white photographs. Original white envelop with printed label.
A rare Araki gem!! In the well-known novel Takekurabe (1895) by Higuchi Ichiyo, Midori is the name of a young girl raised in the redlight district of Yoshiwara in Tokyo. In this startlingly intimate series of staged portraits--all non-nude--Araki contrives a modern-day Midori, with the subject an actual worker in a massage parlour. The book's restrained and mournful tone echos the tragic theme of the novel, one which would be well-known to a Japanese audience. Very scarce first printing (not to be confused with the 1987 reprint), with no copies in OCLC.
Fine-/Near Fine+; light tanning to wraps; envelope Very Good+; moderate soiling and wear to extremities; opening just a bit tattered; notations in pen on verso.