Black-and-white photographic illustrations throughout. Text by Seiji Kurata, post-script by Arira Hasegawa. Graphic conception by Tsunehisa Kimura. Original stiff wrappers with photo-illustrated dust jacket, and printed bellyband.
In Photo Cabaret, published two years after Flash Up, Kurata does not only confine himself to the dark underbelly, but embraces Japanese society in all its diversity, albeit with his customary dark approach. More gritty street photography documenting the seamier sides of the various criminal and sexual subcultures positioned in the margins of Tokyo nightlife is evident.
Seiji Kurata Flash Up. Street PhotoRandom Tokyo 1975 -1979., 1980
8 1/4 x 11 5/8 in. (21.1 x 29.6 cm)
199 black-and-white photographic illustrations. Text by Takashi Ueno, Kazuo Nishi and Akira Hasegawa. Design by Akira Suei. Original wrappers with photo-illustrated dust jacket, clear acetate outer jacket, and printed bellyband. With the famous cover picture of a Yakuza, heavily tattooed and brandishing a samurai, on a Shinjuku rooftop.
Flash Up by Seiji Kurata is a photographic excursion into the seedy parts of 1970s Tokyo nightlife. Kurata, who began his photographing career doing workshops with Daido Moriyama and Araki Nobuyoshi, traveled through the nightclub scene of Ikebukuro and Shinjuku, photographing the tattooed yakuza underworld and violent street fights, and directly contrasting car crash victims with portraits of nightclub hostesses and ultra-right wingers of the Black Dragon Society. With this book Kurata earned the Kimura Ihei Award recognizing new photographers in 1980. Unlike the more expressionistic styles of his Provoke teachers, Kurata’s medium-format photos carry a journalistic clarity, and do so without sacrificing any energy or sense of immediacy.
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Seiji Kurata | Flash Up. Street PhotoRandom Tokyo 1975 -1979. | 1980 | Zucker Art Books
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