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Ishimoto, Yasuhiro. YASUHIRO ISHIMOTO: HANA ("FLOWERS") . San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 1989. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 127 pages. Fine/Fine.

Collection of flower photographs. One of the most beautiful art photography books of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original only. An austerely elegant production by Yasuhiro Ishimoto: Oversize-volume format. Pristine-white pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and brief text by Yasuhiro Ishimoto. Matching pictorial hard board slipcase with titles on both sides and the spine. Printed in duotone on thick coated stock paper in Tokyo, Japan to the very highest standards. The reproductions must be seen to be believed. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Yasuhiro Ishimoto's flower studies, all of them rendered in tonally rich and exquisite black-and-white. "Inspired by the immense beauty of the smallest of nature's offerings, these dramatic studies produce a heightened awareness of form and color. They take the viewer right up to the smooth surfaces of rose petals, gladiolus, lilies, narcissus, presenting flowers as cool, graceful creatures" (Publisher's blurb). Whatever awareness of color is elicited by the images must surely be through the imagination of the individual viewer because Ishimoto's flowers are not in color. "I intentionally avoided colors. The first reason was of course that I hoped to take photographs that scrupulously adhered to the flower's form. But looking back, I can also see that I was resisting the usual mundane inundation of color, which seemed to me like nothing less than insanity. I think it is best if people who see the photos tint the flowers with whatever colors come to their minds. Probably that is when my photographs are truly brought to perfection" (Yasuhiro Ishimoto). Ishimoto is pointedly yet unassumingly alluding to the proliferation of calendar-imitations that Irving Penn's "Flowers" (1980) spawned. "Hana" (the Japanese word for flowers) is Ishimoto's subdued counterpoint to Penn's sumptuous "Flowers". A "must-have" title for Yasuhiro Ishimoto collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Yasuhiro Ishimoto. In his native country, Ishimoto's stature is that of a "photographer's photographer". Even in Japan, Yasuhiro Ishimoto is notorious for being averse to book signings. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of extremely few signed copies of the First American Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. The slipcase is intact and unrestored. All other copies available online have major flaws. A rare signed copy thus. Yasuhiro Ishimoto's "Someday, Somewhere" and "Chicago, Chicago" were selected as two of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest living photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER YASUHIRO ISHIMOTO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0877016682. $500.00

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