Young Ladies in Bathing Suits

Nobuyoshi Araki, Yoshio Takese, Koji Yaehata, Naohosia Tabogami, Fukuo Ikeda, Tomoko Kamiguchi


Edition : First / Tokyo / Fukushu-Shudan / 1971 / Softcover. / VG+
Large 8vo, Unpaginated (104pp). Printed wraps. Black & White plates. Text in Japanese.

Second volume by the Geribara 5 (The Diarrhea-Shit Reproductive Collective of 5), who formed following the dissolution of the Provoke group. Parr/Badger- “Mizugi no Yangu Redii-Tachi (Young Ladies in Bathing Suits), is equally controversial [as Benjo (Toilet), the Geribara 5’s first book]. It is a strictly Conceptual book, each page containing a trio of three-quarter-length portraits of teenage girls on the beach, the majority posing somewhat self-consciously for the camera. The sheer repetitiveness of these bland images tells us much about the homogeneity of teenage culture, but that is not the controversial aspect. Beneath [or above] each photograph is the girl’s address and telephone number, printed in facsimile handwriting. The inevitable invasion of privacy inherent in the process of taking and publishing pictures is one thing. If the personal details were valid [which, according to Araki, approximately half were], the book raises issues that go beyond imagistic representation into areas verging on abuse and sexual harassment.” According to Shuji Terayama, half of the numbers were indeed made up- as he once tried to telephone all of them.

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