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An undisputed masterwork among Japanese photobooks, Eikoh Hosoe and Tatsumi Hijikata s Kamaitachi was originally released in 1969 as a limited edition of 1,000 copies Hosoe, the renowned photographer, and Hijikata, the founder of ankoku butoh dance, had visited a farming village in northern Japan, where Hijikata improvised a performance inspired by the legend of a weasel like demon named Kamaitachi As Hosoe photographed Hijikata s spontaneous interactions with the landscape and with the people they encountered, the two artists together enacted an intense investigation of tradition and an exploration, both personal and symbolic, of contemporary convulsions in Japanese society In 2005, Aperture published a limited edition facsimile in homage to the original, in close consultation with the artist now, they have made this enchanting body of work available in its first ever affordable trade edition, which was painstakingly reworked by renowned graphic artist Ikko Tanaka the designer of the original volume shortly before his death His reinterpretation of this classic book object, which is truly a paragon of Japanese bookmaking, includes as a special bonus four never before published images from the classic Kamaitachi series Eikoh Hosoe was born in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan, in 1933 He is an integral part of the history of modern Japanese photography, and remains a driving force not only for his own work, but also for his efforts as a teacher and ambassador, fostering artistic exchange between Japan and the outside world Hosoe lives in Tokyo and is represented by Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York....

Title : Eikoh Hosoe: Kamaitachi
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ISBN : 159711121X
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Aperture November 30, 2009
Number of Pages : 112 pages
File Size : 690 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Eikoh Hosoe: Kamaitachi Reviews

  • Tokiwa
    2019-03-06 00:28

    Amazing classic, if you like that style of photography or are interested in Butoh dance, or want a good, affordable, easy understandable book on either topic I recommend this book.

  • R. Cook
    2019-02-28 04:41


  • milt
    2019-03-12 06:21

    i would have given the book a 5* because after all it is hosoe, but they printed his photographs all wrong. they printed the larger images(the horizontal ones) OVER TWO PAGES, so that the binding divides the photo in half. they should have used a wide formatted book and made sure each photo was printed fully on a single page. many images are cropped!!!!!! now, think about this for a sec. most of the images were full page, no borders. that would mean, in order to get a true full image the printed page and the image would have to be the same ration, otherwise there would be inevitable cropping somewhere.

  • ReviewerWhoPrefersToBeAnonymous
    2019-02-25 02:20


  • Peaceout
    2019-03-14 23:20

    Hosoe, Eikoh (Artist/Photographer); Hijikata, Tatsumi (Subject) & Yokoo, Tadanori (Designer). KAMAITACHI: PHOTOGRAPHS BY EIKOH HOSOE. New York City, NY: Aperture Foundation, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 132 pages. As New/As New Dust Jacket.