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“the sexy world of japanese girls”???, urgh!, what a tacky title – i’m certain kenichi murata didn’t come up with that! – “upskirt voyeur” is also misleading – it’s not really a “panchira” book, most of these girls seem to be missing their underwear – i’d describe it as a kinda photographer’s equivalent of a sketchbook – and altho it has none of his trademark tinted photos, kenichi murata (and tama) fans should have no hesitation picking it up (tama is the model with glasses always perched halfway down her nose – to my wife’s irritation) – it’s also rather more explicit than the pix i’ve selected here might suggest
related post: naked princess
went to see an exhibition of john santerineross at the jimbocho gallery in, err, jimbocho, a couple of stops along from akiba my video game and plastic nursie shopping haunt (more on that another day) – a small newish gallery showing the like of kenichi murata, yasuji watanabe and kaneko kuniyoshi – i was a little surprised to be recognized by the owner from my previous anonymous visit: “trevor-san desu-ka?” – i missed an exhibition by this artist (i think they are oil paintings?) – anyway, happy to see john’s work and the opportunity to pick up a copy of his second book (already have his first) – the bottom eva-ish photo is not in this book btw, nor at the show sadly…
02/01 – 02/25
a photograph by jan saudek withdrawn from the ballarat international foto biennale festival due to a complaint by some woman protesting it depicted a mother prostituting her child [link] – she went to the backers of the exhibition and they threatened to cut funding of next years event if the photo was not removed – no charges laid but an increasingly familiar story – most notoriously in the case of bill henson as reported here – and, as i failed to report, that of a gary gross “woman in the child” photograph of the 10 year old brooke shields (naked ‘cept for heavy make-up) as ripped off by artist richard prince (cropped tighter, stuck thru an orange filter, several extra noughts on the price tag for his trouble, but otherwise the same image) – the work was “advised” to be removed by scotland yard’s obscene publications squad paying a friendly visit to the tate modern’s “pop life” exhibition a couple of years ago
a spokesman for the ballaret festival:
People supposedly standing up to protect children are creating a situation where we can only look at children in a sexualised way.
…but it does look like a mother prostituting her child!
Why is it legal to advertise and buy this book in the United States when it contains overtly erotic photographs of a prepubescent child? I am trying to get my head around the concept that the technical ability of the photographer (Eva’s mother) and the pretensions of the photographs somehow transform what is basically child sexual exploitation into a socially accepted thing while people are being prosecuted as child pornographers for taking far less explicit pictures of children for so-called “lolita” sites. How is this not a social hypocrisy?
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originally published by “alice press” (tristan dubois) in 2004 (?), tho actually produced by “editions treville” in japan – it inevitably faced distribution problems in america – hence ended up being sold for ridiculously high prices by the unscrupulous book dealers or for ridiculously low prices direct from the publisher himself – the book has now been reprinted by editions treville! …a little surprisingly?!
a little surprisingly in regard to the ever increasing paedohysteria – and the fact that eva ionesco is still trying to sue her mother over these photos and stop their reproduction – tho it appears she’s not beyond cashing in on same photos and events by making a film about her “abuse” – “how is this not a social hypocrisy?” to quote “christopher” above
erm, is it an amon tobin cd with a free tessa farmer picture book or a tessa farmer art catalogue with a free amon tobin cd? – whatever it is, it’s quite “awesome” – a return to the daze when music was a wondrous big physical object – gatefold elpees adorned with a roger dean image of fish flying thru the air round floating islands (or enlarged ugly mugshots of the long-haired band members) to meditate upon while listening to the sounds – a magical and transcendent experience spoiled kids today will never appreciate in their fussing over tags and bitrate numbers and transcode spectrals – anyway, amon and tessa is a great collaboration – i kinda wish more of the images were printed big instead of the excess use of arty white space but it’s beautifully produced and exudes quality – a limited edition of …i dunno, 1000?
postscript: officially 4000 copies in fact – so not really all that limited? (the print run of a trevor brown book is less than that)
below: installation photo by suzanna ♥ – more here