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Book cover for Miyako Ishiuchi, 1979, Yokosuka Story, (Tokyo: Shashin Tsushin Co.)
Swann Galleries - New York
Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction May 20, 2010, Sale 2215 Lot 69)
Text by Ken Bloom and Ishiuchi. Illustrated with reprodutions of Ishiuchi's photographs. Oblong 4to, photo-pictorial wrappers. Parr/Badger I 304. first edition.
Ishiuchi is widely regarded as one of the most important female photographers of the 1970s. The title offered here constitutes one-third of a loose trilogy for which she is best known.
The book addresses the character of place and reflects the Provoke movement's photographic influences. It documents Ishiuchi's return to her hometown Yokosuko, which was also the site of an American-built navel base after WWII. The images are forceful and bleak, conveying a deeply personal narrative that can also be read as an allegory of Japan's national crisis after WW II.