Early Summer Nerves (Shoka Shinkei)

Tucson: Nazraeli Press, 2005.
ISBN: 9781590051450
Condition: Fine in Nr Fine box. Numbered 22/100 complete with booklet.
Hardcover in box
100 copies
50 pgs, 10 B&W, 15 x 12 inches zinc covers spiral bound.

Facsimile of this important Japanese Modernist classic. In 1933, Japanese photography was highly institutionalized, and pictorialism was the overwhelmingly dominant mode. Kiyoshi Koishi's work was a reaction against this; he explored the new path forged by his European counterparts Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray, employing their photographic techniques but from a distinctly Japanese perspective. The ten images in this work exhibited in Osaka in 1932 and published a year later under the title Shoka Shinkei (Early Summer Nerves) juxtapose movement with stillness, nostalgia with violence, and the appealing fluidity of water and light with the menacing rigidity of steel. Palpable energy and use of modern materials in his photographs reflect Japan's shift to the Modern era, exemplified in the cover of the book, which is made of zinc. Koishi's accompanying poems plead for Nature to have a less diminished place in modern life, but he acknowledges his fascination with the birth of something new. In Japanese and English. Item #1790

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Early Summer Nerves (Shoka Shinkei). photographs, poetry, Yasuo Koishi Kiyoshi Koishi, Ryuichi Kaneko, Kotaro Iizawa, Anne Wilkes Tucker, texts.