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Ikko Narahara : Heaven 奈良原一高 天 (Signed Book)

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Heaven by Ikko Narahara published in 2002, signed copy. Limited 800. Text is English and Jaanese.Hard cover. Very good condition

Ikko Narahara

He had his first solo exhibition, Ningen no tochi (Human land), at the Matsushima Gallery (Ginza) in 1956. In this Narahara showed Kurokamimura, a village on Sakurajima. The exhibition brought instant renown. In his second exhibition, "Domains", at the Fuji Photo Salon in 1958, he showed a Trappist monastery in Tobetsu (Hokkaidō), and a women's prison in Wakayama.In the meantime, Narahara had shown his works in the first (1957) of three exhibitions titled The Eyes of Ten; exhibited in all three, and went on to co-found the short-lived Vivo collective. In 1962-5 he stayed in Paris, and after a time in Tokyo, from 1970-74 in New York. During this time he took part in a class by the American photographer Diane Arbus. He recorded Arbus' speech during these classes. These recordings would become an interesting document of the artist's statements about her own work shortly before she committed suicide. Narahara's work often depicts isolated communities and extreme conditions. He makes much use of wide-angle lenses, even hemispherical-coverage ("circular") fisheye lenses.In 1967 Narahara won the Photographer of the Year Award from the Japan Photo Critics Association. He has won numerous other prizes. From 1999 to 2005, Narahara was a professor at the Graduate School of Kyushu Sangyo University (Fukuoka).

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