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Kamaitachi.

Photographs by Eikoh Hosoe. Performance by Tatsumi Hijikata. Essay by Shuzo Takiguchi. Poem by Toyoichiro Miyoshi. Book designed by Ikko Tanaka. Clamshell designed by Tadanori Yokoo.
Aperture, New York, 2005. In English & Japanese. 132 pp., 40 tritone illustrations, 12½x15".



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Out of Print.

Limited Edition of 500 copies, signed in kanji by Eikoh Hosoe (with red chop mark) and numbered 353/500 on a label tipped in to the book's inside front cover.

As New condition, with printed acrylic dust jacket, in a Near Fine slipcase (slightly blunted corners and a 0.25 x 0.75-inch dent to the leading edge of the slipcase).

More than 35 years after it first appeared, Kamaitachi, a long out-of-print masterwork by Japanese photographer Eikoh Hosoe, gets its first publication outside Japan. Not just a reprint but a recreation in collaboration with the photographer and in homage to the innovative original, this limited edition holds 40 black-and-white tritone images, each of which receives the scope of a gatefold. Protected by a clamshell box, the book is not just a publication but an objet d’art in itself. Hosoe was known for pushing the boundaries of traditional photography through his interactions with important Japanese artists such as Butoh dancer Tasumi Hijikata and novelist Yukio Mishima. In Kamaitachi, he sought to recapture, with choreographic style, some of the lost landscapes and images of his childhood experience in the closing years of World War II. 


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