洋書写真集とアートブックの専門店

No. 6042
倉田精二/ Seiji Kurata: Flash Up
14,815円(税抜)

ハードカバー、クロス装 スリップケース入り。1980年に白夜書房から出版され、第5回木村伊兵衛賞受賞作ともなった倉田精二の処女作品集『FLASH UP』の新装版。70年代の池袋を舞台に夜の歓楽街をドキュメントした作品。ゴールドの豪華な装丁は町口覚による。750部限定 180p 38x27cm 140photo 2013

Flash Up by Seiji Kurata is one of the most exciting photographic excursions into the seedy parts of 1970s Tokyo. Kurata, a natural who began his photographing career doing workshops with revered greats such as Daido Moriyama and Araki Nobuyoshi, takes us on a journey through the nightclub scene of Ikebukuro and Shinjuku, he shows us glimpses of the cocky, tattooed yakuza underworld and of violent Bosozoku street fights, contrasts car crash victims with portraits of nightclub hostesses and the horny salarymen groping them for money, documents ultra-right wingers in Meiji Jingu and on tour in the countryside.
This is the book that earned Kurata the Ihei Kimura award in 1980. His instinct for finding and framing interesting subjects translates into a remarkable document of the Tokyo nightlife. Unlike the more expressionistic styles of his “Provoke” teachers Moriyama and Nobuyoshi, Kurata’s medium-format photos possess an almost journalistic clarity and carry with them an air of documentary photography without sacrificing a certain energy and sense of immediacy. Furthermore, Kurata is talented in getting just enough information into his photos to allow for stories to unfold in the viewer’s head. Take his “Fighting after the Disco, 1978, Ikebukuro” as an example: a group of seemingly caring men surround a bleeding victim who is being helped, and while the viewer is pondering what might have led to all that blood shed on the street in the foreground, the eyes wander to the inconspicuous, well-dressed magician (?) in the crowd who poses and smiles for Kurata’s camera as if he’s ordered him to take his portrait. (pr)