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Sakka no fubo: hyaku gojuku-nin 作家の風貌一五九人 (Portraits of Authors: 159 People)

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  • Title (object)

    • Sakka no fubo: hyaku gojuku-nin 作家の風貌一五九人 (Portraits of Authors: 159 People)
  • Description

    Photobook. One volume. First edition.

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  • Date

    • 1978
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 30.6 centimetres (covers)
    • Width: 20.6 centimetres (covers)
  • Curator's comments

    Akiyama follows his minimalist style: Focusing almost exclusively on the writer's head against a black back-drop, each character reveals himself through his expression heightened by subtle lighting as well as the angle from which the image is taken. Every portrait is accompanied by a facsimile sample of the writer's poetry in his own hand. Many of the photographs were published between 1972 and 1975 in a magazine entitled 'Weekly Shosetsu'. Only two copies in OCLC. Works 136.


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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.4 (Photobook number)

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