Very Good. JUMBO-Crisp, clean, unread hardcover with light shelfwear to the boards, no dust jacket as issued with a publisher's mark to one edge-Nice! Sewn binding. Paper over boards. 191 p. Contains: Frontispiece.
Good. JUMBO-Clean, unread hardcover with modest shelfwear including a very small bump/tear to the boards, no dust jacket and a publisher's mark to one edge-otherwise Nice! Sewn binding. Paper over boards. 191 p. Contains: Frontispiece.
Kaoru, Izima. Fine. With texts by Roy Exley, Yuko Hasegawa and Peter Weiermair. Illustrated with hundreds of interesting color photographs. Oblong 4to, red cloth-backed pictorial boards. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, (2008). First edition. A fine copy.
New. Edgar Allan Poe wrote, 'The death of a beautiful woman is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world. ' Ophelia, Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina are evidence that other writers and artists have agreed. Fusing Poe's sentiment with the Buddhist imperative to muse daily on one's own death, Japanese photographer Izima Kaoru asks Japanese and European actresses and models to collaborate with him in staging their own demises. The resulting images bring a melancholic palate and impeccable technique to an assortment of figures who have expired with perfect 'coiffure'--made up and sporting couture by such designers as Vivienne Westwood, Gucci, Prada and Dior. There is something filmic about Kaoru's framing, which alternates between long shot and close-up, yet the narrative remains shadowy. This volume assembles for the first time 43 such scenes from 1993 to the present. They are influenced by art historical references ranging from traditional Japanese Ukiyo-e woodcuts to contemporary Pop.
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