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TSUKIJI, Hitoshi.
Suichokujo no, (Ryoiki) [Perpendicularly, (Territory)].
(Tokyo: Privately printed, 1975).

(191 x 208 mm), pp.24; 22. 37 black-and-white photographs, text by Tsukiji, design by Nobuyoshi Kikuchi. 2 interleaved volumes, saddle-stitched and pasted in to plain black bi-fold card covers. Publisher’s black printed obi. Fine in a lightly rubbed obi.

First edition, one of 500 copies of Tsukiji’s first book. The design comprises two interleaved volumes, this enables the reader to view the work as a series of tryptichs in image combinations of their own choosing. ‘[The] photographs were taken mostly in Tokyo and Yokohama, as well as other nearby cities. Although the subjects of his photographs are vague, the images have a hard-edged sharpness, betraying a predilection toward clearly defined forms and shapes… Tsukiji’s style of photography tends toward the naive, but at the same time his work is highly evocative of the 1970s—quite in keeping with the work commonly seen at this time. This style also evokes Tsukiji’s ideas of what photography meant to him. The photography has a snapshot feel, suggesting that anything can be a subject of photography’ (Japanese Photobooks). Ref.: Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and ’70s p.196-99.

1 copy in OCLC: Art Institute of Chicago.


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