The Island of Long Hot Nights. Osamu Nagahama's Okinawa Photographs. Tokyo, 1972. First edition. Stiff wrappers in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Original printed belly band(partial) Black-and-white and toned black-and-white reproductions. INSCRIBED on verso of front cover and dated in year of publication.
Included in Parr/Badger, The Photobook: A History, vol. III.
Nagahama's photographs of Okinawa show some of the hallmarks of the mature Provoke style--rough, grainy, and out of focus. Despite this, his images convey an extremely pointed critique of the U.S. presence on the Island, a constant since the end of W.W. II. Brilliantly printed, with blue and blue-green cyanotype toning interspersed with rich black-and-white this is a book whose closest counterpart--with which it certainly ranks with the high points of the Provoke movement. Quite scarce, with no copies listed in OCLC!
About Near Fine; just a bit of wear to extremities; spine crease with weak hinge; belly-band missing front half.