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Waga ai, Yoko (Yoko My Love)

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  • Title (object)

    • Waga ai, Yoko (Yoko My Love)
  • Description

    Photobook. One volume. First edition. Japanese text with English summary. Signed copy.

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  • Date

    • 1978
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  • Curator's comments

    The present book is more than simply a documentation of Araki's wife Yoko. It represents the development of a new genre of personal photography in Japan subsequently called 'I-photography' an allusion to the literary genre the 'I-novel'. The first image in the book is a posed shot of Yoko amongst her colleagues at Dentsu. It is a great image of her rebellious character, something that clearly appealed to Araki. The nature of the images follows on from the themes developed in 'Sentimental Journey' as well as including a selection from that book: Then there is Yoko on the train, Yoko in bed, Yoko in the kitchen, Yoko on the loo. Whether they represent an account of love between man and woman is difficult to say. But they certainly breach the norms between private and public. The book also includes the first published essay by his wife as well an appraisal by the photographer Kuwahara Kineo of the original version of 'Sentimental Journey'. Only one copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)


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    Treatment date

    23 May 2007

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    Treatment details

    Mount - Overthrow - An

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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.7 (Photobook number)

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