Paris by Ihei Kimura
First Edition, First Printing, 1974
Complete including Slipcase and Scarce Pamphlet and Glassine Jacket
This is a complete as issued first edition, first printing of the critically acclaimed photobook, “Paris” published by Nora-sha, Tokyo in 1974. Kimura Ihei is one of the most celebrated Japanese photographers of the twentieth century. In 1954, Kimura was sent by Asahi Camera to document life in post-war Europe. During this and on two subsequent trips in 1955 and 1960 he took numerous photographs that were published in the periodical “Pari”. In 1974, the collection of photographs that he took of Paris during these visits was published in his most famous work, “Paris”. Kimura was one of the first to use color photography and “Paris” is considered a landmark book in color photography. Parr & Badger in their reference work, “The Photobook: A History” write, “Paris” is remarkable for two things, its distinctive color palette, and Kimura’s view which teeters between conventional travel photographer and something much more original. Kimura appears to have discovered a residue of Atget’s Paris…his Paris like Atget’s, is a nostalgic one, a city of crumbling textures and decaying structures, autumnal mist and winter gloom. At times Kimura certainly photographs Paris as if the city were in terminal decay rather than, as so many see it, an open-air museum with some artfully distressed surfaces.” Commenting on his choice of a color palette, Kimura has stated, “most color photographs that had been shot abroad... were too intense, too gaudy; they didn't seem real. I wanted to reduce the brashness of the colors, to capture and express the tones that came naturally from life in Europe, and that I perceived as a Japanese”.
Measuring approximately 10.5” x 8” and containing 218 stunning color photographs, the book is bound in beige boards with the scarce glassine dust jacket and photographically illustrated slipcase. The original Japanese language pamphlet is laid in. The condition of the book is Near FINE+ with some very minor spotting to the back board and a small mark on the side page edges. The glassine dust jacket has some wrinkling that is endemic to the book due to the tight fit of the slipcase. The slipcase is in Near FINE+ condition with some browning and minor wear. The pamphlet is in FINE condition. Overall, this is an exceptionally well preserved copy of a notoriously fragile photobook that is rarely found with all elements present and in collectible condition.
Cited in Parr and Badgers, “The Photobook: A History”.
Photographs of the slipcase, book, and pamphlet as well as some examples of photographs contained in the book appear in the photo section of the listing.