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Kukei/Kinkei 空景/近景 (Laments Skyscapes/Laments From Close-range)
- Kukei/Kinkei 空景/近景 (Laments Skyscapes/Laments From Close-range)
Photobook. First edition. Two volumes. Text in English and Japanese.
- Made in: Tokyo-to
The first volume shows pictures of the sky taken from his home after the death of his wife Yoko in January 1990. The images are full of a forlorn brooding, but the addition of coloured ink seems to add an artistic dimension slightly at odds with the overall tone of sadness. It is the second volume that shows Araki to a master of his art: In spite of the pervading smell of death the deeply toned black and white images are imbued with a delicate sensitivity. Araki took objects linked to the memory of his wife: The close-ups of dead flowers, stagnant pools of water and dead lizards have a classical aesthetic quality similar to art-photography produced before the war. Textures, as well as light and shadow are explored with exquisite craftsmanship. Araki perceived the point of his wife's death as the end of an epoch, even in terms of his own photographic style. The present is one of the first books from the second phase of Araki's oeuvre. Only one copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)
- PB.13 (Photobook number)
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Object reference number: JCF16132
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