American Roulette. Photographs by Shinya Fujiwara. Joho Center Shuppankyoko, Tokyo, 1990. 317 pp. Quarto (9.5 x 7 in./24 x 18 cm) First printing. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. Photo-illustrated dust jacket. Original printed obi (belly band). Color and black-and-white reproductions.
American Roulette is a classic road trip book. Utilizing a variety of different styles and shot in both black-and-white and color, the three different sections of the book are set apart with different papers as well. Short sections of text culled from the photographer's notebooks are also juxtaposed with some images. Rumored to have influenced Rinko Kawauchi, and reminiscent both Shinoyama's classic seventies color work, but with black and white sections that are in a decidedly post-Provoke style.
The cover image was used for the classic eighties album "Rain Tree Crow," by the British band Japan.
Fine- in Fine dust jacket and obi; trace of wear to spine and obi; sun-striking to spine area of jacket.