TOMATSU, Shomei. Oh! Shinjuku.

(Tokyo): Shaken, 1969. First edition. Small oblong quarto. Unpaginated. Tomatsu’s acclaimed photographic documentation of Shinjuku, the epicentre of urbanization and capitalism in post-war Japan. The district was a corporate wonderland as well as a paradise for underground political movements and provocative nightlife. Tomatsu’s black and white images capture dramatic moments of daily life in the streets and in the mysterious interiors of Shinjuku to provide a symbolic document of instable Japanese youth in an environment where individual freedom of sexuality and identity clashed with state control and imperial power of the United States. A very good copy in photo-illustrated wrappers with integral flaps. Nice copy of this classic Japanese photobook.


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