Young Ladies in Bathing Suits [Mizugi no Yangu Redii-Tachi]. Geribara 5, No. 2. Photographs by Nobuyoshi Araki, Yoshio Takese, Koji Yaehata, Naohosia Tabogami, Fukuo Ikeda and Tomoko Kamiguchi. Fukushu-Shudan, Tokyo, 1971. Unpaged [104 pp.] Octavo (26 x 18 cm). Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. 306 black-and-white reproductions.
Geribara 5 [The Diarrhoea-Shit Reproductive Collective of 5] was a small group of photo-conceptual provocateurs formed in the wake of the Provoke group's dissolution. In addition to Araki members of the group included Yoshio Takase, Koji Yaehata, Naohosia Tabogami, Fukuo Ikeda, and Tomoko ('Miss Geribara') Kamiguchi. Whether the Geribara 5's output was more neo-Dada conceptual provocation or juvenile prank is up to the view to decide. Super-rare, no copies in OCLC!
From Parr & Badger, The History of the Photobook, Vol. I;
"[The three Geribara 5] are almost as sought after by collectors as the three issues of Provoke, in some measure due to Nobuyoshi Araki's participation...It is a strictly Conceptual book, each page containing a trio of three-quarter-length portraits of teenage girls on the beach, the majority posing somewhat self-consciously for the camera. The sheer repetitiveness of these bland images tells us much about the homogeneity of teenage culture, but that is not the controversial aspect. Beneath [or above] each photograph is the girl's address and telephone number, printed in facsimile handwriting. The inevitable invasion of privacy inherent in the process of taking and publishing pictures is one thing. If the personal details were valid [which, according to Araki, approximately one-half were], the book raises issues that go beyond imagistic representation into areas verging on abuse and sexual harassment."
A superb copy; just a trace of wear to extremities, otherwise Fine+.