Kamaitachi. Photographs by Eikoh Hosoe. Preface by Shuzo Takiguchi. Poem by Toyoichiro Miyoshi (texts in Japanese and English). Book design by Ikko Tanaka. Dance by Tatsumi Hijikata. Seigensha Art Publishing, Kyoto, 2005. 132 pp. Signed and numbered edition of 500 copies [Re-issue published simultaneously by Aperture in an English edition of 500; originally published in 1969 in an edition limited to 1000 copies.] Signed in kanji on card pasted to inside of first gatefold. Clothbound with printed black graphics. Printed acetate dust jacket. Printed slipcase with separate cardboard clamshell case with printed label. 41 two-page gatefolds with 34 reproductions printed in rich duotone on heavy matt paper.
Fans of Japanese culture, for a little more than the cost of the prix-fixe sushi dinner at New York restaurant Masa, you can own one of the classics of Japanese photography. More than 35 years after it first appeared, Kamaitachi, a long out-of-print masterwork by Japanese photographer Eikoh Hosoe, gets its first re-issue. Not just a reprint but a recreation in collaboration with the photographer and in homage to the innovative original, this limited edition holds 40 black-and-white tritone images, each of which receives the scope of a gatefold. Slipcased and protected by a clamshell box, the book is gorgeous objet in itself. Hosoe was known for pushing the boundaries of traditional photography through his interactions with important Japanese artists such as Butoh dancer Tasumi Hijikata and novelist Yukio Mishima. In Kamaitachi, he sought to recapture, with choreographic style, some of the lost landscapes and images of his childhood experience in the closing years of World War II.
Book and case Very Fine; outer box with slight corner bump.