Mesemu zoku: Cho-genjitsushugi shashin shu (Genus Mesemb: 20 Photographies Surrealistes)
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- Mesemu zoku: Cho-genjitsushugi shashin shu (Genus Mesemb: 20 Photographies Surrealistes)
Photobook, one volume, first edition. No. 159 of a limited edition of 200 copies. 21 photographic plates. Japanese text. Small 8vo. Original spiral bound boards.
- Published in: Nagoya-shi
Shimozato Yoshio (1907-1981) was born in Aichi Prefecture. After dropping out of high school he went to Kyoto to study painting. Together with Sakata Minoru he founded the Nagoya Photo Group in 1935. He formed a strong friendship with the avant-garde art critic Takiguchi Shuzo (1903-1979), as well as the poet Yamanaka Chiruu (1906-1977), and subsequently became one of the most important proponents of the surrealist school of photography. The present booklet features a series of photographs of cactuses that Shimozato had been cultivating for some time. The images are on the border between abstraction and surrealism: Some are photo-montages with cactuses mounted as door-handles or floating over the roof of a town-house others seem to suggest birth or phallic imagery. The work also includes images by Sakata Minoru (1902-1974), Tajima Tsugio (1903-2002), Inagaki Taizan (dates unknown), and other photographers from Nagoya. No copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/2007)
- PB.339 (Photobook number)
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