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Jean Cocteau

Great Jean Cocteau catalogue, published in Japan in 1975 on the occasion of a major exhibition of his work.
Rarely seen and very curious Cocteau catalogue, features a wonderful selection of large colour and black and white reproductions of his drawings, paintings, ceramics, and sculptures, along with photographic portraits, texts, biography and bibliography. Texts in Japanese.
First edition.

“Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (French, 5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963) was a French writer, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Cocteau is best known for his novel Les Enfants Terribles (1929), and the films The Blood of a Poet (1930), Les Parents Terribles (1948), Beauty and the Beast (1946) and Orpheus (1949). His circle of associates, friends and lovers included Kenneth Anger, Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Jean Hugo, Jean Marais, Henri Bernstein, Yul Brynner, Marlene Dietrich, Coco Chanel, Erik Satie, Albert Gleizes, Igor Stravinsky, Marie Laurencin, María Félix, Édith Piaf, Panama Al Brown, Colette, Jean Genet, and Raymond Radiguet.”

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Nobuyoshi Araki
High School Girl Fake Diary

Very rare, early 1981 photo-book/diary by Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki, who became an icon of photographic publishing and one of Japan’s most celebrated and prolific photographers. This book was published as Araki’s behind the scenes diary to High School Girl Fake Diary, a soft-core pink film, or pinku (a specific type of Japanese pornographic film made by independent studios) directed by Araki and released in 1981 by Nikkatsu movie studios under its Roman Porno genre – dramatised porn. The film was poorly received and disappointed fans of the genre and Araki himself, but the book, full of Araki’s casual imagery on and off the set working and playing with the film’s stars, technicians, composers and crew, became a sought-after oddity of Araki’s publishing oeuvre. Not only is it a fine example of his famed early diary books, packed full of rarely seen Araki photographs, it also gives a rare and candid glimpse inside the world of independent film-making in Japan. Texts in Japanese.

Nobuyoshi Araki is a prolific Japanese photographer who has produced thousands of photographs over the course of his career. He became famous for “Un Voyage Sentimental” (1971), a series of photos depicting both banal and deeply intimate scenes of his wife and lifelong muse, essayist Aoki Yoko (whom the artist credits for making him a photographer), during their honeymoon. To date the 75 year old has produced 450 photo books and counting. With a repertoire that knows no boundaries, Araki’s diaristic style of photography has captured the world around him (his cat Chiro, the people and landscapes of Japan and his travels, flowers, family), though it is Araki’s intensely sexual imagery that has elicited particular controversy and fascination throughout his career. Similarly to Helmut Newton, Araki has often addressed subversive themes — such as bondage in the Japanese style Kinbaku — in his provocative depictions of female nudes. He typically works in black-and-white photography, and his hallmark style is deliberately casual. “Rather than shooting something that looks like a professional photograph, I want my work to feel intimate, like someone in the subject’s inner circle shot them,” he says. Pushing against the world of commercialised photography, he is celebrated for his history of self-publishing and distributing his work, beginning with his Xerox Photo Albums of 1970. Amongst many others, Araki has collaborated with American photographer Nan Goldin and Icelandic musician Björk.

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Jonas Mekas
Movie Journal: The Rise of a New American Cinema 1959-1971

Japanese edition of this classic collection of writings from the great Jonas Mekas.
Please note, texts in this scarce edition are entirely in Japanese.

In his Village Voice Movie Journal columns, Jonas Mekas captured the makings of an exciting movement in 1960s American filmmaking. Works by Andy Warhol, Gregory J. Markapoulos, Stan Brakhage, Jack Smith, Robert Breer, and others echoed experiments already underway elsewhere, yet they belonged to a nascent tradition that only a true visionary could identify. Mekas incorporated the most essential characteristics of these films into a unique conception of American filmmaking s next phase. He simplified complex aesthetic strategies for unfamiliar audiences and appreciated the subversive genius of films that many dismissed as trash.

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