River:Its Shadow of Shadows, 1978
12 3/8 x 10 5/8 in. (31.5 x 27 cm)
First edition, and only printing, of MorinagaÕs first photobook, signed by him in Japanese in silver felt pen, featuring over 90 photogravure plates (including numerous gatefolds) with essays by photographer W. Eugene Smith and others; texts in Japanese and English.
Quarto, cloth covers with title stamped in white in English on the cover and in Japanese on the spine; photo pictorial slipcase. Designed by Kohei Sugiura and Hitoshi Suzuki.
Published by Yugensha, Tokyo.
This first and only printing of River reflects his long interest in waterscapes and especially in the vanishing rivers of Tokyo. Smith's essay praises Morinaga's work for its haunting beauty, charged with ""a very rare and personal"" vision, and critics have hailed Morinaga's evocative depiction of ""rippling water in dark, meditative images"" (New York Times). Essays by W. Eugene Smith and others; text in Japanese and English.
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