SIGNED BY OSAMU WATAYA
WATAYA, Osamu. Yokahama 2003. (Tokyo: Sokyu-Sha, 2004). Square quarto, original pink silk, black-and-white photogravure plate mounted to front board. $650.
Signed limited first edition, one of 700 copies, signed in pencil by Wataya, famed editor and art director of Hysteric Glamour’s definitive photobook series, this volume with 44 black-and-white photogravure plates of Yokohama’s Kotobuki-cho area.
As chief editor and art director of the Hysteric Glamour photobook series, known for publishing the work of Nobuyoshi Araki and Daido Moriyama, Osamu Wataya brings a particular vision to his images of Yokohama’s Kotobuki-cho neighborhood, a center for the city’s homeless population. With 44 black-and-white full-page photogravures; text in Japanese. As issued without dust jacket.
Images bright and fresh, faintest toning to upper edge of pale pink boards (as often). An about-fine signed copy.