vrijdag 1 juni 2018

Traveling the entire Length of Japan Pre-landscape / Hatsukuni YUTAKA TAKANASHI Photography

Pre-landscape / Hatsukuni
Published by Heibon-Sha, 1992
4to.: illustrated throughout in black-and-white; khaki green textured endpapers; gray boards stamped in black; pictorial dust-jacket embossed in silver; original black and silver obi (belly-band).

As a co-founder of the short-lived, yet highly influential Provoke Magazine in the late 1960s, Takanashi is well known for his gritty urban documentary landscapes, which depict a postwar Japanese society as it transforms into a global economic power. His raw and confrontational images employ the blurred and out of focus ?are, bure, boke? visual style that helped define the Provoke Era in Japan.

The book starts with a quote from the French writer Jean-Marie G. Le Clezio, ?I walk on this flatland with never any purpose,? which serves to highlight the duality between the abstract and concrete time that sets the tone for the 1980-1990 images Takanashi took while traveling the entire length of Japan.


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