042 Hidenori Yatsu
Tokyo 1161’s Alibi

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042 Hidenori Yatsu
Tokyo 1161’s Alibi

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One Ten-thousandth of Tokyo

Tokyo: Plasma Corp., 1998
79 pp., 4to. Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, in dust-jacket that reproduces the cover design (with additional text and color). A fine copy in a very good dust-jacket with light rubbing and soiling, and one faint stain on the bottom edge of the back cover.

Portraits of 1161 people who passed before the photographer’s camera on eleven days between May 13, 1979 and March 1, 1981. (“1161 signifies 1/10,000 of the total population of Tokyo in 1980 according to the census.”)

One hundred high-contrast black-and-white images from each day are reproduced, twenty-five per page, in a five-by-five grid; each day is introduced with a map and coordinates showing the location where the photos were taken. The images seem to have been selected equally for their emotional power and for their contribution to the compositional design of each page.

A remarkable and uncommon conceptual artist’s book; OCLC locates only one copy, in the National Diet Library in Tokyo.

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