Ikonta Story. Photographs by Nobuyoshi Araki. Byakuya Shobo, 1981. Unpaged. Small quarto. First edition. Hardbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Printed obi (belly band). Black-and-white reproductions.
Slight imperfection at base of spine; minor wear; Fine- in Fine- dust jacket and obi.
Romantic Images: Araki's Alices. Photographs by Nobuyoshi Araki. Seirindo, Tokyo, 1981. 159 pp. Quarto (27 cm.) First printing. Clothbound with debossed design. Photo-illustrated slipcase with printed obi (belly band). Black-and-white reproductions. Glassine wrapper (possibly original).
Fine in Fine slipcase; obi with small tears and creasing.
Vintage early Araki: another very scarce title. With his radically subjective approach, 1981 saw Araki continuing to explore the dialectic between the profane and the sentimental: portraits of women, sex, bondage, etc...segue into images of Yoko at home. Interspersed with manuscript pages and partially designed as a Taisho period piece. (Ref. deja-vu no. 4)
The images in this Ikonta Story were all taken with an Ikonta camera (pictured on the dust jacket) from the collection of Araki's father's.
On the pages the 2 1/4 inch frames are reproduced in a grid layout, emphasizing the sequential nature of Araki's working process and giving the whole a cinematic feel. With its stupendous jacket design, this uncommon book that deserves a place among the handful of essential Araki titles.