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"[Kamaitachi is] a spellbinding collection of images, ranging in subject from comedy to tragedy, mystery to eroticism, movement to stillness. The mud, straw, grass and leaves provide a strong sense of the villagers' closeness to nature. There is, too, a powerful sense of drama and of tradition brought before the camera." -- Mark Bentley --Black + White Photography

"...Japanese photography books are not 'just' a collection of images - they are to be seen as a whole, with each individual image being not that important. Looking through Kamaitachi provides a welcome opportunity to see this principle in action; and, of course, there is the added thrill of seeing the work by one of Japan's most important post-war photographers." -- Jörg Colberg --Conscientious blog

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Eikoh Hosoe was born in the Yamagata Prefecture of Japan in 1933. Today he remains one Japanis most important artistsonot only for his own work but also as a teacher and as an ambassador fostering artistic exchange between Japan and the outside world. He is the founder and director of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts and professor of photography at the Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics. Hosoe lives in Tokyo and is represented by the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture (November 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159711121X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597111218
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 10 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ReviewerWhoPrefersToBeAnonymous VINE VOICE on October 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
NOTE: THIS REVIEW CONCERNS THE 2005 EXPENSIVE LIMITED-EDITION OUT-OF-PRINT FACSIMILE WHOSE ISBN-13 IS 9781931788809. I have not handled the quite-different 2009 in-print "affordable trade edition" whose ISBN-13 is 9781597111218.

I have not seen the 1969 original "Kamaitachi" (which was limited to 1000 copies and is held by only about 10 libraries in the U.S.), but it is described in "The Photobook: A History, Vol. 1" by Parr & Badger (2004) and is pictured in "The Open Book: A History of the Photographic Book from 1878 to the Present" (2004). Its dramatic photos were a collaboration between dancer Tatsumi Hijikata and photographer Eikoh Hosoe. Per a note inside this edition, "[Hijikata's] performance was inspired by the legend of the Kamaitachi, a weasel-like demon who haunts the rice fields and slashes those who encounter him. ... Hosoe considers the project to be a 'subjective documentary' of both Hijikata as an innovator of butoh dance and of Hosoe's early memories of his evacuation to rural Japan during World War II."

As of 2008, copies of the original (if you can find them) are selling for thousands of dollars. This 2005 reprint (of 500 copies published by Aperture*, ISBN 1-931788-80-4) is a giant accomplishment both literally and figuratively. Including the clamshell box, it's 33 cm wide by 40 cm high and weighs 4 kilograms. Let me review the contents of the book (designed by Ikko Tanaka), then move outward to the cover and clamshell.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peaceout on March 11, 2010
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Hosoe, Eikoh (Artist/Photographer); Hijikata, Tatsumi (Subject) & Yokoo, Tadanori (Designer). KAMAITACHI: PHOTOGRAPHS BY EIKOH HOSOE. New York City, NY: Aperture Foundation, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 132 pages. As New/As New Dust Jacket.

New Edition of the artist/photographer's masterpiece. One of the greatest photography books of the 20th century. Limited Edition of 500 numbered and signed copies. An Import title, the clamshell box of many copies was damaged in transit (the edition that was released in Japan does not come in a box but in a slipcase). An exquisite production by Eikoh Hosoe and Ikko Tanaka: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial cloth boards with blue titles on spine, as issued. Photographs by Eikoh Hosoe. Choreography by Tatsumi Hijikata. Introduction by Shuzo Takiguchi. Poem by Toyoichiro Miyoshi. Magnificent clamshell box design by Tadanori Yokoo. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Printed on thick uncoated stock paper in Tokyo, Japan to absolutely the highest standards. In pristine glassine DJ with blue titles on the cover, as issued. Re-presents the artist/photographer's classic in the most stupendous production imaginable. "Kamaitachi" was originally published in 1969 in an edition of 1000 copies. It has never before been available outside Japan and has been out-of-print for 40 years. Hosoe finally re-created it in a manner worthy of its legend. "Each of the pages is printed as an individual gatefold, each of which opens to reveal a single, stunning black-and-white image. The exterior of each gatefold is printed in a spectacular azure blue. The effect of opening the book is of stepping into an unknown landscape of theater and baroque sensuality.
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