Eikoh Hosoe: Ba-Ra-Kei

Eikoh Hosoe: Ba-Ra-Kei

by Eikoh Hosoe, Eiko Hosoe
     
 
Ba-ra-kei: Ordeal by Roses is a rare glimpse into the life of the great modern Japanese writer, Yukio Mishima, who ended his life in 1970 by ritual suicide. Many in Japan regarded the suicide as a sensational act. However, the publication of Mishima's final cycle of novels, which had been conceived eight years prior to his death, revealed that his death was

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Ba-ra-kei: Ordeal by Roses is a rare glimpse into the life of the great modern Japanese writer, Yukio Mishima, who ended his life in 1970 by ritual suicide. Many in Japan regarded the suicide as a sensational act. However, the publication of Mishima's final cycle of novels, which had been conceived eight years prior to his death, revealed that his death was carefully considered--a gesture of historical import in perfect accord with the morbid and esoteric aesthetic that pervades his writing. In 1961 Mishima asked Eikoh Hosoe to photograph him, giving him full artistic direction in making these surreal and alluring photographs. The props that surround the writer and the baroque interior of his home are antithetical to the pure Japanese sensibility of understatement and reveal Mishima's dark, theatrical imagination.

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A decade before his death by ritual suicide in 1970, renowned Japanese writer Yukio Mishima agreed to be "subject matter" for celebrated photographer Eikoh Hosoe. Thirty-five duotone photos from this collaboration are presented here in an oversize format (12x14.5<">) with evocative quotes from the , the Code of Manu, and other texts, as well as a preface by Mishima and some text by photographer Hosoe. Multilayered in their feeling and drama, these photos were created, or more precisely unleashed, as the two visionaries investigated dark interior forces and the tensions of east and west. The original book, published in 1963 by Shueisha Inc. Tokyo, was entirely re-designed for an international edition in 1971. In 1985 Aperture re-published the 1971 edition with an afterword by Mark Holborn, and this is a reprint of that book. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780893811693
Publisher:
Aperture Foundation
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Pages:
100
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 14.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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