- Jannu (Jeanne)
Photobook. One volume. First edition. Text in French and Japanese.
- Made in: Tokyo-to
Another book that was conceived long before it was printed: Araki was twenty-five years old (1965) when he saw the silent film 'The Passion of Jeanne d'Arc' (Carl Dreyer, 1928), and it inspired him to produce a four volume scrapbook of photos entitled 'Gemi: La passion de Jean d'Arc'. Araki translates the drama into a 60s setting using a prostitute for an actress. The work literally moves like a film showing her pose and move against a plain backdrop. Close-ups of her face attempt to reproduce the emotions of Maria Falconetti (1892-1946), the protagonist of the film. This is possibly one of Araki's most artificial works, there is a strong sense of staging, acting, while at the same time there is a sense of coolness reminiscent of a fashion-shoot. It is a truly remarkable product of 60s sensibilities, a tribute to his versatility. Only one copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)
- PB.12 (Photobook number)
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