From the Publisher:
Nazraeli Press is pleased to announce the publication of Kenna’s Japanese nude studies, entitled Rafu. Beautifully printed on uncoated Japanese art paper, and hand-bound in deep purple silk, this gorgeous artist’s book presents 42 images from the Rafu series.
For over thirty years, Michael Kenna has photographed temples, shrines, gardens, seascapes and landscapes, in black and white, throughout Japan. Ten years ago, he also began to photograph female nudes in various locations in Japan. A selection of these photographs were unveiled to the public for the first time at Paris Photo in November 2018.
The Japanese women who modeled were actresses, dancers, office workers, photographers and yoga practitioners. “Their willingness to express themselves in front of the camera and their trust in my integrity as a photographer, enabled us to engage in creative visual explorations and conversations”, says Kenna. “The human body is an absolutely amazing, mysterious miracle in a myriad of ways”, adds the British photographer. “I view both historical and contemporary creative representations of the nude as open invitations to explore this esthetic challenge. My efforts may add little or nothing to the enormous existing mountain of artistic treasures, but that is not important. This is another chapter in an ongoing story”.
Rafu was published to coincide with a major retrospective exhibition of Michael Kenna’s photographic work at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photographic Art.
Condition and Remarks:
I’ve made an attempt to highlight the minor flaws apparent on this book in the accompanying photos, but they are very light, and very difficult to see. There are two small brown spots – one the size of a pin head on the back of the book, the other a little larger and located on the front edge a few inches above the lower corner of the cover, There is also a faint line, approximately 3″ in length in the fabric of the front cover near the spine and adjacent to the title. Otherwise, this is a rare and absolutely beautiful book, signed and numbered (151/160) by the artist on the title page. I’m happy to provide additional photos if requested.