One. Photographs by Ken Ohara. Tsukiji Shoka, Tokyo, 1970. Unpaged. Thick quarto. First edition. Inscribed on opening page, SIGNED on front flyleaf, continuing around page edges, and ending with, 'Thank You', on rear endpaper. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. Matching photo-illustrated dust-jacket. Photo-illustrated endpapers. 500 black-and-white reproductions.
Ohara emigrated to the U.S. as a young man and was an apprentice to both Richard Avedon and Hiro. A conceptual work of sorts, One is a compendium of 500 faces, photographed in identical, tightly framed compositions, all of them printed in the same tonal range and presented in full-page bleeds without any identifying text. These formal devices have the effect of obliterating the racial differences of the subjects. As Parr and Badger explain, "these photos deny the individuality of their subjects to make a wider social observation...Ohara has taken the utopian step of using the camera to turn humankind into one big melting pot, his serial photographs making almost ritual atonement for the sin of racism."
Fine-/Fine-; light wear to edges; no spine creases. .