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Television 1975-1976 [SIGNED]
(Tokyo): (Snap-Sha), (2001) - Folio (365 × 365 mm), pp.[80]. Black-and-white photographs. Text in Japanese and English by Eikoh Ikui. Design by Daisuke Suzuki. Black endpapers. Black cloth-covered boards, spine and front lettered in blind. Publisher’s white card slipcase with brown and black printed label. Original shipping carton. Signed by Mochizuki in English in silver ink on front free endpaper, and in Kanji in black ink on the colophon page. Fine. First edition, signed. In the mid-1970s, over the course of two years, Masao Mochizuki took a series of photographs of his television screen capturing both high and low culture. He explains his method in a short text: ‘I drew 35 frames on the focusing screen of a twin-lens reflex camera in the form of a grid pattern. I then sat right in front of a television set in a darkroom and set up the camera at a distance from which the shining television screen fitted into one of the frames. I then selected a channel. The shutter was fired to capture the live image in the frame. Going to the next frame, I released the shutter again. The 35 different pictures, which are given a multiple exposure, are thus embedded in the frames one after another, but I can actually see only a single frame at any one moment. Only after releasing the shutter 35 times to a 6 × 6 cm plate do I finally roll up the film.’ Television was distributed by Kazuhiko Motomura / Yugensha. Motomura was a civil servant who grew up watching Akira Kurosawa films, this led to his developing an interest in visual art and more specifically black-and-white photography. He was an important collector of photographs and photobooks, and published four photobooks over a 37 year period: Jun Morinaga’s River, its shadow of shadows (1978); and three books by Robert Frank: The Lines of My Hand (1972), Flower Is (1987), and The Americans: 81 Contact Sheets (2009). [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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