Rafu Special Edition (Signed)

Michael Kenna
Rafu special edition. Standard edition is out of print.
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Standard edition is out of print

Publisher's Description

A special edition of 150 copies featuring a numbered and signed copy of the book presented in a custom greyboard slipcase. For over thirty years, Michael Kenna has photographed temples, shrines, gardens, seascapes and landscapes, in black and white, throughout Japan. Ten years ago, he also began to photograph female nudes in various locations in Japan. A selection of these photographs was unveiled to the public for the first time at Paris Photo in November 2018. The Japanese women who modeled were actresses, dancers, office workers, photographers and yoga practitioners. “Their willingness to express themselves in front of the camera and their trust in my integrity as a photographer, enabled us to engage in creative visual explorations and conversations”, says Kenna. “The human body is an absolutely amazing, mysterious miracle in a myriad of ways”, adds the British photographer. “I view both historical and contemporary creative representations of the nude as open invitations to explore this esthetic challenge. My efforts may add little or nothing to the enormous existing mountain of artistic treasures, but that is not important. This is another chapter in an ongoing story”. Nazraeli Press is pleased to announce the publication of Kenna’s Japanese nude studies, entitled Rafu. Beautifully printed on uncoated Japanese art paper, and hand-bound in deep purple silk, this gorgeous artist’s book presents 42 images from the Rafu series.

A customer Richard Garlick writes: “The photographs - and the presentation of them - are so stunningly beautiful that they have literally sent shivers down my spine and tears to my eyes. Michael Kenna certainly has an astounding talent.”

An unsigned, standard edition is also available.

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More Information
ISBN 13 9781590054987S
Publisher Nazraeli
Signed Copy No
Date Published 2019

210 x 304 mm

Edition 1st
Binding Hardcover
Binding Additional Presented in a custom greyboard slipcase
No. of Pages 64
Image Count 41
Available for Pre-order? No