UK 77 : Digging my way to London

Shinro Ohtake


Edition : First / Tokyo / Getsuyosha / 2004 / Hardcover. / Near Fine / Near Fine
4to, Unpaginated (ca 400pp). Black boards in Dustwrap with Obi. Text in English and Japanese. Numerous Colour and Black & White plates.

Beautiful diary of London in ’77 with photographs, snapshots and ephemera. “An established Japanese artist since the 1980s, best known as a painter, Shinro Ohtake has produced dozens of books incorporating collage, drawing, painting, sculpture as well as photography. In 1977 at age 22 Ohtake spent time In London documenting through a reduced photography style, drawing, painting and obsessive scrapbooks of ephemera. What emerges is a grim portrait of England still mired in the drab left overs of the 60s but with odd flashes of excitement; on the cusp of the emergence of Punk. Moreover it is a particularly lonely portrait of youth with the artist himself sketching figures in pubs and parks and on trains, collecting matchbooks and bus tickets and traipsing the streets, photographing frenetically.” Parr/Badger vol.3.

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