Chicago, Chicago. Photographs by Yasuhiro Ishimoto. Foreword by Harry Callahan. Text by Shuzo Takiguchi. Bijutsu Shuppan-sha, Tokyo, 1969. 224 pp. First edition. SIGNED on half-title page. Clothbound. No jacket as issued. Photo-illustrated paper over board slipcase. 208 black-and-white reproductions.
One of the indisputably key books in the Japanese canon! While much post-war Japanese photography bears the unmistakable influence of William Klein, Robert Frank, and Ed Van Der Elsken, Ishimoto, being something of an outsider in Japan, was far more indebted to the likes of Callahan and Siskind. As Parr & Badger explain, this is a body of work that is "different in both style and approach from either the existential excesses of the Provoke school, or the baroque theatricality of Eikoh Hosoe." Ishimoto's work, says Harry Callahan in his introduction, "[has] made us see more intensely our Chicago and his concern for life everywhere." A rare and much sought after book that is an iconic work of 1960's Japanese photography.
Ishimoto passed away in 2012. Read Russet Lederman's tribute to this sometimes overlooked master on the ICP blog, Monsters and Madonnas.
Unusually clean slipcase, with 2 in./5 cm. split to one joint; a few light marks on rear board.