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Self and Others

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  • Title (object)

    • Self and Others
  • Description

    Photobook. First edition. One of a limited edition of 300 copies. Signed copy.

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  • Date

    • 1977
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  • Curator's comments

    The present is Gocho's second and rarest publication, one of only three photo-books published during his life-time. Almost all of the images are staged portraits, the subject being well aware that he is being photographed. 'Self and Others' is nothing short of a visual record of the emotions that exist between two people. It is also an account of life and death: The first image is of a new-born child, the one-but-last is a self-portrait of a man who is aware of his impending death. The images in-between show the confrontation with and the reaction of 'others' to 'self'. Gocho is present in the expressions of his subjects. It is a very humane work. With a preface by his teacher Otsuji Kiyoshi. Gocho ends this work with a quote from Erving Goffman: "There seems to be no agent more effective than another person in bringing a world for oneself alive or, by a glance, a gesture, or a remark, shrivelling up the reality in which one is lodged". No copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)


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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.39 (Photobook number)

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