Kazumi Kurigami

 Two Volumes w/ slipcase | First edition

Published by Parco, 1984.

A collection of photographs by Kazumi Kurigami, one of Japan's leading photographers, "Hitohone". Born in Furano, Hokkaido in 1936, he lost his mother at a young age, and while helping out in the family business as the second son of seven siblings, he left his hometown at the age of 24, just as he had envisioned since he was a boy. . After moving to Tokyo, he studied photography at the Tokyo College of Photography and became independent before turning 30. Since then, he has made a name for himself in the world of commercials, working mainly on portraits of celebrities in the advertising industry, image photography, and even video. 

This book is a set of two volumes: the first which is shot with a toy camera in the 1970s, consists of grainy, high-contrast monochrome images that capture fragments of the everyday. The second is all colour and centers on scenes from Hokkaido, Kurigami's home,  taken after his father died there in 1994, as well as pictures from trips he took with Robert Frank in 1992 and 1994. Both series reveal the keenly honed physiological sensibility of Kurigami.

Condition: Very good (damage to slipcase)