Shomei Tomatsu: I am a King (in rare slipcase!)
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I am a King. Photographs by Shomei Tomatsu. Dai Nippon Printing Company, Tokyo, 1972, Tokyo, 1972. 269 pp. Small quarto. First Edition. Stiff wrappers in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Printed cardboard slipcase. Numerous black-and-white and color reproductions.

From the late 50's on, Tomatsu was one of the paragons of new Japanese Photography, his work ranking with that of Hosoe, Moriyama, and Araki. His work is a complex mix of symbolism and realism, as evidenced in his most widely hailed book, the 1966 photographic memorial to the atomic bomb blasts, Nagasaki 11:02. In 1972, at the age of forty-two and already established as one of Japan's most important photographers, Tomatsu moved to Okinawa. I am a King is his magnum opus of this period. The book gathers portraits of politicians, roadside scenes, 60's era protests, images of industrial detritus, and the urban skyline. A persistnet theme is the Americanization of Post-War Japan and the upheaval it wrought on traditional Japanese culture.

Fine+ in Fine dust jacket; slight nick at base of spine; some wear to edges of slipcase; otherwise Fine.
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