Sashin yo Sayonara [Bye Bye Photography, Dear](238 views)
Description: FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY MORIYAMA in both English and Japanese (kanji). ?Sashin yo Sayonara (Bye Bye Photography) is the most extreme monument of the Provoke period, indeed one of the most extreme photobooks ever published. Daido Moriyama pushes both the form of the photographic sequence and the photograph itself to the limits of legibility, with a brilliant barrage of stream-of-consciousness imagery culled from his own pictures, found photographs - such as shots of car accidents - and images taken from the television set. An notion of ?good? technique is thrown out the window... The photographic language is one of blur, motion, scratches, light leaks, dust, graininess and stains, like Robert Frank or William Klein on speed. ?Moriyama?s vision is entirely consistent, and his willingness to be led to the edge of photography?s coherence is the photographic equivalent of Surrealist automatic writing by a camera that almost has a mind of its own. ?I wanted to go to the end of photography?, he declared, and the book is a summation of the Provoke period. It reads like a jerky hand-held cin?ma v?rit? film. The pace is frenetic, the image bombardment never lets up, and we reach the book?s end in a state either of breathless exhaustion or on an image-fuelled high. the tone is so ambiguous that it is not clear whether we are experiencing a dream or a nightmare, exhilaration or despair - or both at the same time? (Parr and Badger, The Photobook, I). Roth 101. Tokyo: Shashinhyoron-sha, 1972. Quarto, original printed stiff wrappers, original dust jacket. With rare original ephemera laid-in (as issued). Book fine, with the usual creasing to spine; dust jacket with a little toning to spine and a few scattered spots of light soiling. A superb signed first edition of possibly the most influential Japanese photobook.
Artist or Maker: MORIYAMA, DAIDO