MORIYAMA, Daido (Ikeda, 1938),Mantis
Portland, OR, Nazraeli Press, 2014 - Prima ed. di 350 es. numerati e firmati dall'Autore
(from Set 1). 21 duotone plates
Limited edition of 350 numbered and signed copies. Elegant volume bound in full silk with a photograph applied to the front cover and the Artist's signature inserted into an eyelet to the back cover. Illustrated dust jacket and slip-case with a photo / Elegante volume rilegato in piena seta con una fotografia applicata al piatto anteriore e la firma dell'Artista inserita in un occhiello al piatto posteriore. Sovracoperta illustrata e custodia in seta con foto applicata. N. 252/3504to, pp. 48 Perfetto (Mint)
In this beautifully produced artist's book, Moriyama presents 21 frames printed as full-bleed enlargements, all from one contact sheet with an imprinted date of 1987. The book is divided into three unintended chapters, the result of Daido having photographed one subject until his was satisfied, moving on to the next, and then repeating this once more.áThe book opens, fantastically, with a close-up of the hand of Masahisa Fukase, the artist's friend and contemporary, holding a praying mantis which has caught the attention of them both; after several frames, Moriyama abruptly stops and then continues the roll of film inside of a studio apartment elsewhere. A female subject unwittingly and slowly becomes mantis-like in her poses, and gradually she merges into yet another subject, a mysterious set of portraits whose timelessness is given away only by the frames that preceded it.