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Kanemura, Osamu (Photographer) & Isozaki, Arata (Contributor). SPIDER'S STRATEGY: PHOTOGRAPHS BY OSAMU KANEMURA. Tokyo, Japan: Osiris Publishing Company Limited, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 102 pages. Fine/Fine.

Collection of architectural, cityscape, and place photographs. One of the most important photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Osamu Kanemura and Yukimasa Okumura: Oversize-volume format. Glossy silver hard boards with black titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Osamu Kanemura. They are all presented "bleed". Text by Arata Isozaki, the great Japanese architect and city planner, appended at the end. Printed in duotone from separations by Hiroshi Aida on glossy stock paper (interleaved with three silver foil-paper overlays) in Tokyo, Japan to the highest standards. In matching pictorial DJ with black titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Osamu Kanemura's "Spider's Strategy". An eye-opening vision of Tokyo pushed to its formal limits. "Graphically dense, darkly printed and devoid (for a non-Japanese speaker) of interpretative signs or text. Shows Tokyo as a city of constant collisions, confusions, and expansion. Ever-present is a tangle of overhead wires, suggesting a spider's web spreading throughout the city" (Publisher's blurb). "Explodes with signage, electrical wires, lights, scaffolding, hanging plastic ornaments, railings, balconies, and construction litter. An out-of-control world held together only by the very edge of the photographic frame" (Artforum). "In these vivid, rich images of Tokyo, Kanemura's exuberant imagery describes a spatial complexity to rival the best Jackson Pollock" (Martin Parr and Gerry Badger). Although they do not acknowledge it, Parr and Badger's (and even the publisher's) comment about Tokyo's bewilderingly abstract character harks back to Roland Barthes' "Empire of Signs" (1982), the best book on Japan by a Western observer, which uncovers the profoundly Japanese aesthetic of a figure like Kanemura as pure sign, as "meaning-less" and "content-less" form and design. Tokyo is an intricate spider's web, which would never ever occur to us, because all we will see (with Western eyes) is urban chaos. As such, it does not matter if a non-Japanese speaker cannot read and understand the signs in Japanese because it does not matter or mean anything to the Japanese speaker at all. An absolute "must-have" title for Osamu Kanemura collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in both Japanese kanji characters and Roman alphabet ("English") in black pen-marker on the half-title page by Osamu Kanemura. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great photography book. This is one of very few such double-signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many copies available online have serious flaws. The "obi" bellyband was NOT issued with every copy of the book. A common display and promotional vehicle for Japanese publications, it is not integral to the edition, a "nice-to-have" rather than the "must-have" that every DJ, on the other hand, always is. Copies available online command as much as $750. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. 80 duotone plates. Selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 4309904408. $400.00

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