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Photographs by Issei Suda.
Nazraeli Press, Portland, 2014. 116 pp., 106 duotone illustrations, 10
“Tokyo is where I was born and raised. Even after the post-war convulsions and the subsequent period of rapid economic growth, this home town of mine never ceases to transform. The Tokyo of my youth has vanished, but still there are times when I feel joyously nostalgic, sensing the happiness at festivals, or observing the unconscious actions of passers-by. As well as being a record of a certain period in Japanese history, this book is also my own private perspective on my home town, and one that I want to hold in my heart for ever.” Perhaps the most personal of Issei Suda’s many books, “Tokyokei” presents 106 previously unpublished photographs of the streets and people of Tokyo in the 1970s and 1980s. Beautifully printed in “Daido black” ink on our exclusive Japanese art paper, the first Nazraeli Press edition of this important new monograph is limited to 500 copies. Published in association with Zen Foto Gallery in Tokyo, 'Tokyokei' is bound in Japanese cloth, each copy of the book is numbered and signed by the artist, and presented in a custom slipcase.
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