HARAJUKU UFO! THE SELF PUBLISHED SUPERBOOK.
YUKO NAKAMURA PHOTOGRAPHED THE TOKYO TEEN SCENE FOR FIVE
RELEASING THIS BOOK IN
1980. HE GOT EVERYTHING RIGHT IN EVERY RESPECT. IT
IS [OUT OF THIS] WORLD
Photographic covers for a photobook? No chance! No explanation can be easily offered for the title either - Harajuku UFO. Kids from space? Maybe.
All we know is that logic is for losers.
Freedom of expression is a licence to be cool. Cool ideas, cool type, Joe Cool, Gangsters Paradise.
The chapter title pages in this book! Yes the typeface but bigger YES for the two words together. We are not even scoring points for the PUNKIE guitar case!
The Harajuku district of Tokyo was a rival to the Kings Road as the epicentre of youth cult and street fashion. Nakamura's super brilliance was in photographing kids dressed up to pose in an unposed natural fashion. It is a perfect book.
It is also an amazing fashion book. Oversized bags so a good look!
What can you say? It is better than the best books. Of course People in Motion is a chapter. There are also title pages for Couples, Textures, Happenings and Eyeglasses. Illogical lists.
Hat, shirt dress, socks, skateboard. This picture: pinnacle of human achievement.
And another. It is ceaseless. A page by page perfect book. See more on this link. Scroll to the top and read it all again!
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THIS IS NOT A BOOK. IT IS A PIECE OF PAPER. BUT MORE THAN THAT IT IS ART. AN EXAMPLE OF RAY JOHNSON'S MAIL ART TO BE HYPER EXACT. BUY IT. FRAME IT. AND BE HAPPY FOREVER!
Got to love it. American artist Ray Johnson produced hundreds of pieces of mail art between 1958 and 1995 but few if any works so singularly super cool as this poster sheet. He founded the New York Correspondence School, which, in one of its later incarnations, was known as The Shelley Duvall Fanclub. Measuring 15 x 7 inches, it is for us a xeroxed paper print version of the Twentieth Century. WE LOVE IT. Stamped on the reverse to a Rose Hartman of 88 Charles Street, New York, this is the real deal. Hartman is also the real deal btw. Shelley Duvall Drinking A Coke will be sent by mail (of course) to whosoever buys it.
BEST 'TILL LAST. HARD
OUR FAVOURITE ED RUSCHA ARTIST BOOK IS HIS FINAL SELF-PUBLISHED
WORK OF THE SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES. 1978 AND OUT.
Just for the cover alone. Her. The face, hair, shirt, hands on hips. It is quite special that cover.
And the book. Three female characters engage in narrative of no clear meaning. Mundane yet perfectly composed and beautifully styled it is something like a photo love story - only between three women who may well be no more than friends. It is a mystery that's best unsolved.
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