Conductors of the Moving World. Photographs by Eizo Ota, concept by Brad Zellar, design by Hans Seeger. Little Brown Mushroom Books, 2011. 30 pp., French-folded. Octavo (6.5 x7.75 in.) Edition of 500. Hardbound with quarter cloth, printed label affixed. No jacket as issued. 17 tipped-in color photographs.
"From a collection of 60 C-Prints, a mix-and-match assortment of 17 will be hand-tipped into individual volumes, making each book a singular work of art."
In the autumn of 1972, a delegation of Japanese police officials visited the United States to study traffic control in several large cities, including New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. The unofficial photographer for the delegation was Eizo Ota, an inspector with the law enforcement department of the Yamanashi Prefecture, and he produced a record of the group’s travels that might best be described as forensic tourism.
Using Inspector Ota’s snapshots as launching points, Brad Zellar plundered traffic manuals, haiku anthologies, the Watergate transcripts, and The Godfather for textual inspiration. The mysterious results a Zen travelogue through 1972 America.