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Kenna, Michael (Photographer) & Iizawa, Kotaro (Contributor). JAPAN: THE FIRST LIMITED EDITION. Tucson, AZ: Nazraeli Press, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 108 pages. Fine. Signed.

Exhibition Monograph, presented as an Artist Book. Retrospective collection of photographs on subject. The First Limited Edition of 4000 copies. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, of which there are five more in all. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Michael Kenna and Chris Pichler: Oversize-volume format. Red cloth boards with titles embossed on the cover, as issued. Photographs by Michael Kenna. Text by Kotaro Iizawa in the Japanese original and felicitous English translation. Black folding slipcase with Japanese-style white toggles at the ends. Printed in tritone on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Tokyo, Japan to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of a series of exhibitions in the United States and Japan. Presents Michael Kenna's "Japan". His photographic homage to his adoptive country. "Kenna's photographs have long inspired words such as 'mysterious', 'elegant', and 'hauntingly beautiful', adjectives that likewise describe the Japanese landscape. These photographs are the result of an ideal pairing of artist and subject. Kenna has had a large following in Japan ever since his first exhibition there in 1987. His many subsequent exhibitions and publications in Japan have provided him with ample opportunities to visit and photograph. During the past several years, as this project began to take shape, Kenna's trips became more frequent and intense. The resulting images are simply stunning" (Publisher's blurb). "He has been reflective when others have been militant, romantic when others have been skeptical. Such isolation can starve all but the most independent of talents, but for these it can provide a sanctuary where visions can develop undisturbed. Kenna is one of these" (The Times of London). An absolute "must-have" title for Michael Kenna collectors. This copy is one of the First Limited Edition, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Michael Kenna. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary photography classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Kenna did NOT sign most copies of the First Limited Edition. Many copies available online are subsequent editions or have serious flaws ("Very Good"). A rare signed copy thus. 96 tritone plates. One of the most influential photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MICHAEL KENNA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1590050436. $300.00

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