Ginza Kaiwai/Ginza Haccho by Yoshikazu Suzuki & Kimura Shohachi
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Publisher: Toho-Shuppan Publishing, Tokyo
Format: One book and hardcover photographic leporello housed in slipcase and cardboard box.
Condition: Very good
Ginza Kaiwai/Ginza Haccho has been the topic of much discussion amongst photography book aficionados in recent years. Consisting of two separate booklets housed in a cardboard box, it is essentially a historical publication about the history of Tokyo's Ginza district. However, it is the books leporello which is of particular interest, presenting a panoramic view of Ginza, one side of the street running along the top of the leporello, the other on the bottom. This of course bears a remarkable resemblance to Ed Ruscha's seminal artist book Every Building on Sunset Strip, produced twelve years later in 1967, thus raising the question of whether Ruscha has seen and been influenced by this vernacular publication.