Sashin yo Sayonara (Bye Bye Photography, Dear). Shashin Hyoron-sha, Tokyo, 1972. 308 pp. First edition. Quarto. Stiff wrappers with printed jacket. 137 black-and-white double page gravure reproductions.
A landmark of postwar photography! Called by Parr & Badger, the "most extreme monument of the Provoke period, indeed one of the most extreme photobooks ever published...a brilliant barrage of stream-of-consciousness imagery culled from his own pictures, found photographs--such as shots of car accidents--and images taken from the television set. "Chaotic everyday existence is what I think Japan is all about," wrote Moriyama, "This kind of theatricality is not just a metaphor but is also, I think, our actual reality." Bye Bye Photography, Dear pushes photographic intentionality to its breaking point," writes David Levi Strauss in The Book of 101 Books. "Is there to be found anywhere else in the history of photographic bookmaking such a raw cry as this?"
Internally bright and clean; tight binding; overall Near Fine- in Near Fine dust, light rubbed, jacket; 1 in./2.5 cm tear to front cover; short, shallow creases to lower edge; tiny .25/.5 cm in edge tear to jacket.